When he released Cris Carter from the Eagles, former head coach Buddy Ryan made the contention that "all he does is score touchdowns." Those words would hound Ryan for years as Carter went from being a $100 waiver pickup to a player who scored more than 100 touchdowns. As his career with the Vikings went on, it became clear that there was a good chance he could end up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
That dream came one step closer to reality Tuesday, as Carter was one of the 124 players, coaches and NFL contributors open for selection into the Class of 2008. Carter heads up a first-year class that includes Darrell Green, Herman Moore and Tony Boselli. The 124 candidates will be whittled down to 25 in November and later reduced to 15 modern-era finalists.
The balloting for the Hall of Fame finalists will be Feb. 2, 2008 – the day before Super Bowl XLII in Phoenix. Those who will be inducted will be announced that same day.
Other Vikings that are also on the preliminary ballot at Matt Blair, Joey Browner, Roger Craig, Randall Cunningham, Chris Doleman, Randall McDaniel, Herschel Walker and Gary Zimmermann.
* With 72 rushing yards Sunday, Adrian Peterson will break the all-time rookie rushing currently held by Chuck Foreman in just eight games.
* As of late Tuesday, approximately 1,900 tickets remained for Sunday's game. It is expected that if the number gets down closer to 1,000, WCCO-TV, the Twin Cities CBS afflilate, will buy the remaining tickets because the station would be in line to lose about $250,000 in advertising revenue for ad spots during the game.
* In 23 games as head coach, Brad Childress has seen his offense score 46 touchdowns – 10 on the opening drive and 36 on the more than 256 drives that have followed.
* From the "You Can't Make This Up" Department comes this: the Vikings have a veteran quarterback who wants to play for them in the worst way. Unfortunately, he hasn't thrown a pass since 2001. Jeff George, who played for the Vikings in 1999 as an injury replacement for Randall Cunningham before signing a big contract with the Redskins and eventually replaced Brad Johnson (who the Vikings traded for the pick they used to draft Daunte Culpepper) wants to add another year to his pension. George went of KFAN-Radio in Minneapolis to discuss his desire to return. He claims he has kept himself in shape and is ready if the call comes. He had a tryout last year, but was released after just a couple of days.
* Packers running back DeShawn Wynn was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. His roster spot was taken by Koren Robinson.
Carter Leads List of HOF Candidates
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