#80 Cris Carter - WR

Cris Carter Career NFL Stats 1987-2002


Graduel ‘Cris’ Christopher Darin Carter was born on November 25, 1965 in Troy, OH. Carter, along with his mother and five siblings, would move to Middletown, OH where he would spend most of his youth. Carter began playing football at the age of eight. Carter started going by Chris instead of Graduel. In honor of Cincinnati Bengals' wide receiver Cris Collinsworth, Carter dropped the 'H' in Chris.



Cris attended Middletown High School and was a star on the basketball court and football field. By the time he was a senior, Cris was receiving college offers for both sports. He decided to attend Ohio State University, with the option to play both sports.


Cris Carter College Career Stats and Notes

Carter had a great football career in the making at Ohio State. His freshman season was promising, finishing with 648 yards on 41 receptions. He also added 8 receiving TDs. He punctuated his first season by setting a Rose Bowl record with 172 yards on 9 catches. The success of his freshman season shifted Carter's focus to football only for the remainder of his career. He had outstanding junior season as well with 69 receptions, 1,127 yards and 11 TDs which earned him All American honors. However, that would be his last season as a Buckeye as he was declared ineligible for his senior year for signing with an agent.


Awards and Achievements

1st Team: 1994, 1999

2nd Team: 1995

Pro Bowl Selections
1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 1999, 2000
Receiving Yards Titles:

Member of 1990s All-Decade Team



Cris Carter NFL Career Stats and Notes

Carter was selected in the supplemental draft by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1987. He spent three years with the Eagles. Just as his career was starting to come together, he was traded to the Minnesota Vikings prior to the 1990 season.

During the 1990s, Carter was one of the best receivers in the entire league. He had his best season statistically in 1995 with 122 receptions, 1,371 yards and 17 TDs. In 1998, the veteran Carter with sensational rookie and future Hall of Fame legend Randy Moss teamed up to lead the Vikings to a 15-1 regular season record. It would become Carter’s best chance to reach the Super Bowl. However, in the 1998 NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons, Vikings’ Gary Anderson missed missed a crucial field goal near the end of the 4th that would’ve likely sent the Vikings to their first Super Bowl in over 20 years. Instead the Falcons drove down the field and tied the game late. In OT, the 14-2 Falcons crushed the Vikings’ dreams with a Morten Andersen FG to advance to Super Bowl XXXIII.

Carter would play three more seasons with the Vikings before signing with the Miami Dolphins in 2002. After one season in Miami, Carter retired. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.


Cris Carter's Legendary Catching Ability

During the 1990s, Cris Carter established himself among the greats at wide receiver.  He hit the peak of his talents during the 1994 and 1995 seasons. For those two seasons he averaged 122 receptions, 1,314 yards and 12 TDs.

Cris wasn’t only known for his production over his Hall of Fame career. What separated him from the good receivers and made him great were his hands. Routinely catching what seemed like uncatchable balls along the sidelines became his signature move. Carter is often considered near or at the top of the list of greatest pass catchers in NFL history.



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