Cris Carter May Have Quite a Wait to Get Into the Hall of Fame; Also, Peter King’s Take On HOF Votes Public
When the NFL issued the list of the newest round of Hall of Fame Inductees–a list that includes former TE Shannon Sharpe and former CB Deion Sanders–the discussion immediately turned to former WR Cris Carter. People wanted to know why Chris was snubbed for the 4th time.
Carter was originally eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008.
Someone tweeted Gregg Rosenthal of Pro Football talk to ask whether he was surprised that Carter didn’t make it into the HOF this year. He said no, “not with this class.” He also said Reed should go before Carter.
I’m not so sure that Reed should should go before Carter, but certainly that’s a matter open to debate. What’s not open to debate is that the “class” reason/excuse is going to continue to be frustrating–not just Carter but for any player who we know will make it into the HOF but appears to be being held out for some reason unknown to the public.
My response to Rosenthal’s contention is that every class of HOFers is going to be tough and it’s only going to get more so. I made this point on twitter without having specifics, but going off of the fact that the level of commitment, fitness, longevity of great players in the NFL has steadily risen with salaries and slow elimination of offseasons.
…The 2011 class is damn strong, and future classes are going to be even more competitive.
Consider: The list of first-year eligible players in 2013 includes: O-guard Larry Allen, tackle Jonathan Ogden, defensive tackle Warren Sapp, defensive end Michael Strahan and kicker Morten Anderson.
The list in 2014 includes: Linebacker Derrick Brooks, receiver Marvin Harrison, running back Shaun Alexander, safety Rodney Harrison and coaches Tony Dungy, Mike Holmgren and John Gruden.