When the ceremony announced that Bob Hayes, a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960s and 1970s, had been voted in as the veteran's committee inductee, it didn't look as good for C.C. However, when performing their version of "Hall of Fame Survivor," all three Vikings candidates – McDaniel, Carter and John Randle – were in the top 10, it looked as though the Vikings could have at least two if not three members voted in. As it turned out, neither Carter nor Randle were among the final five – all of whom were voted in.
"It is shocking. I assumed (Carter would get in)," McDaniel said. "You just never know how they are going to vote. Everyone on that list was deserving of being there. Like you said, he has the numbers; he and Johnny (Randle) both are very deserving. They both have the numbers. They both had the careers that you would assume would have got them in."
When the final results were announced, two members of the Buffalo Bills – Smith and owner Ralph Wilson – were among the inductees, along with the late Derrick Thomas of the Chiefs. As a result, the Bills had the most inductees with two.
Within minutes of the official announcement of the Class of 2009, the league announced that the induction ceremony will take place as part of the Hall of Fame Game – the 2009 preseason opener – Aug. 9 at Canton, Ohio. The teams? Buffalo and the Tennessee Titans.
As often happens, the team most strongly represented in the Hall of Fame class takes part of in the Hall of Fame Game. The only problem with that is that those two teams don't get a week off during the preseason. They play five games. No coach wants five preseason games. Not only does it make training camp longer, but it adds to the potential for injuries, whether to the starters making cameo appearances or the backups fighting for roster spots. The chance of losing players is always a concern in the preseason, but playing an extra game is viewed by many as playing Russian Roulette and having to take an extra turn.
While Vikings fans would have been ecstatic if the Vikings had put two players in the Hall and likely would have traveled extremely well next August to induct McDaniel and Carter, perhaps the current Vikings regime is quietly thankful it didn't happen.
For McDaniel, it's the icing on a career that featured 12 Pro Bowl appearances and garnered respect from his teammates, opponents and Hall of Fame voters.
"I can take a little breath for a while now. But, as Zim (Gary Zimmerman) said to me, ‘Now you got to write a speech and go up and speak to a bunch of people,'" McDaniel said.
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"My parents instilled hard work and good values. That's what I did," McDaniel said. "We didn't have much growing up. I remember my folks, whatever job it was, moving one place to the next, from one apartment to the next. My mom and dad always worked hard. They always said, "As long as you work hard, bust your butt and do the right things, good things will happen in the end." So I got to give a lot of credit to my mom and dad, for everything they've done for me along the way, and that never-give-up attitude."