Tomorrow is when the National Football League will announce who will be enshrined in Canton, Ohio in 2012. The list has 17 names: Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Jack Butler, Cris Carter, Dermontti Dawson, Edward DeBartolo, Jr., Chris Doleman, Kevin Greene, Charles Haley, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin, Bill Parcells, Andre Reed, Willie Roaf, Will Shields, Dick Stanfel, and Aeneas Williams.

One name I am going to focus on is Chris Carter. Long time Minnesota Vikings Wide Receiver. Almost 14,000 receiving yards, 130 career touch downs, eight straight Pro Bowls. Right now Carter ranks in the top ten in career receiving yards(8), and top five in career touch downs(4), and receptions(4), and not to mention when Carter retired in 2002 he was second in all of those categories behind only Jerry Rice. Shouldn't those number justify an automatic bid for the Hall of Fame? This will be Carters fourth year on the ballot, but it did take Jerry Rice who is arguably the best Wide Receiver to ever play in the NFL two years to get in, and it took Michael Irvin three years to finally get the call. Why does Canton hate electing Wide Receivers?

I am not suggesting that Canton is discriminating at all, but if Carter does not get the call tomorrow, there must be something wrong with the selection committee. The only thing holding Carter back is probably earlier in his career, when he had a drug and alcohol problem, but cleaned up after coming to the Minnesota Vikings in 1990.

 

 

I know for myself, if Carter gets in, I will be in Canton to see him give his speech, and I know all of the

diehard Minnesota Vikings fans will be there too(including my mom in which Carter is her all time favorite Vikings player). If your not to busy tomorrow, keep your eyes out for the Hall of Fame announcement at 5:30 P.M. Eastern, or 4:30 P.M. Central. Hopefully tomorrow Canton realizes that they made a big mistake in not letting Carter get in the past few years, but can make it up, by enshrining him tomorrow.