The curious case of Cris Carter

Another year of Pro Football Hall of Fame voting has come and gone, and once again, Cris Carter finds himself on the outside looking in.

Carter and former teammate Chris Doleman were both bypassed for election into the Hall on Saturday. Doleman was a great player, too, but Carter’s omission is much more surprising.

When Carter retired from the NFL, he was second on the NFL’s career list in receptions and receiving touchdowns, with the famous ESPN phrase, “All he does is catch touchdowns.” He had an incredible ability to haul in passes from the sidelines, and I always felt he was one of the league’s better route runners.

I don’t think there’s any doubting that Carter will one day get in. What’s interesting about the Pro Football Hall is the fact that at most seven people can be inducted every year. And at most, only five can be non-senior (players from decades ago) finalists. So while Carter might have gotten “snubbed,” the players that did get in – Deion Sanders, Richard Dent, Shannon Sharpe, Marshall Faulk, along with NFL Films guru Ed Sabol – are all quite deserving.