Former Viking Gary Zimmerman was among the former players named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, but absent from the list was Cris Carter and Randall McDaniel.
McDaniel was viewed as something of a longshot because, despite a NFL-record 11 straight Pro Bowl appearances, he was in just his second year of eligibility and offensive linemen like Zimmerman, who was named to two All-Decade teams, had been waiting longer.
It was thought that Carter would be a lock on the first ballot given his longevity and difference-making ability on the field. However, veteran Art Monk made the Hall, which many felt he was due after waiting so long. While Carter posted better numbers, he was forced to wait at least another year. Fellow first-year candidate Darrell Green was inducted on his first attempt.
The 2008 Hall-of-Fame class is defensive end Fred Dean (Chargers, 49ers), cornerback Darrell Green (Redskins), wide receiver Art Monk (Redskins, Jets, Eagles), cornerback Emmitt Thomas (Chiefs), linebacker Andre Tippett (Patriots) and offensive tackle Gary Zimmerman (Vikings, Broncos).
Both Carter and McDaniel made the preliminary cut to 10, but neither was among the seven enshrinees, showing both were close to induction, but not close enough.
Zimmerman was the Vikings' starting left tackle from 1986-1992 and finished his NFL career with the Denver Broncos from 1993-1997. He was selected to the Pro Bowl seven times and was an All-Pro selection eight times.
He attended the University of Oregon and was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.
Before his NFL career, Zimmerman played with the Los Angeles Express of the United States Football League from 1984-1985 and it was there he was introduced to coach Russ A. Molzahn. He was selected by the New York Giants in the 1984 NFL Supplemental Draft but was acquired by the Vikings by then-general manager Mike Lynn.
Zimm In, C.C. and McDaniel Have To Wait
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