EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Receiver Cris Carter is among three former Minnesota Vikings players getting another chance at induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Carter, who is fourth all-time in NFL history with 1,101 catches, was named among the 27 semifinalists for induction into the hall of fame’s class of 2013. NFL career scoring leader, kicker Morten Andersen, and Roger Craig are also on the list of semifinalists, which includes seven first-year eligible candidates. Andersen is a semifinalist in his first time on the ballots. Carter and Craig were each finalists last year.
Of course, Carter is part of a growing list of receivers yet to be named to the hall of fame. Carter trails only one current Hall of Famer, Jerry Rice, in career catches. Tony Gonzalez and Marvin Harrison are not eligible for induction yet. Carter’s career included 13,899 receiving yards, the ninth-highest total in league history and 130 touchdowns, eighth in history and the fourth-highest total among receivers.
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But not far behind are fellow semifinalists, receivers Tim Brown and Andre Reed.
Andersen scored 2,544 points in his 25-year career with five different teams. He spent the 2004 season with the Vikings.
Craig, who spent his final two seasons with Minnesota in 1992-93, tallied 13,100 total yards from scrimmage, 36th in league history and scored 73 touchdowns.
Vikings defensive end Chris Doleman was honored this year as one of the 2012 inductees.
Former Vikings Randall Cunningham, Herschel Walker, Chris Hinton, Darryl Talley, Joey Browner, Gary Andersen and scout Ralph Kohl were on the preliminary list of 125 modern-era candidates, but did not make the cut down to 25.
The semifinalists are narrowed down to 15 finalists in early January.