Who's In? Who's Not?

Three Vikings with long ties to the Vikings organization -- Cris Carter, Randall McDaniel and Gary Zimmerman -- await the word of the selection committee today as to whether they're heading to the Hall of Fame.

It seems like a foregone conclusion that Cris Carter, Randall McDaniel and Gary Zimmerman will all eventually head into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The question is when will that call come? That group could be thinned considerably by 4 p.m. Eastern Time today, as the NFL announces its Class of 2008 to the Hall of Fame.

Carter seems like a near-lock to have his named called. When he retired, he was second in just about every statistical category behind the great Jerry Rice. Zimmerman is probably next in line, having been named to an unmatched and unpredented two teams of the decade. McDaniel, a Hall of Famer both on and off the field, should be a strong candidate in his second year of eligibility for holding the NFL record for most consecutive selections to the Pro Bowl with 11. That can't be understated, because during his career, Pro Bowl selection was based completely on the voting of players and coaches.

So who gets the call? Check back later today and we'll have the breakdown of the Class of '08.

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