The annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place tonight in Canton, Ohio. Among those being inducted to the prestigious museum of football greatness is former Eagles' wide receiver Cris Carter. While he is well-known for his career with the Minnesota Vikings, Carter actually started his career in Philadelphia.
Carter was drafted with a first-round pick in the 1987 supplemental draft. The former Ohio State Buckeye played three seasons in Philadelphia and was known for being an excellent redzone target. During his time with the Eagles, Carter caught 89 receptions for 1,450 yards and 19 touchdowns.
The future Pro Bowler was cut prior to the 1990 season. Carter has admitted that the reason for his exodus from Philadelphia was mostly due to his alcohol and drug use. He would go on to sign with the Vikings and played 12 seasons in Minnesota. During that span, Carter went to eight Pro Bowls and had three All-Pro seasons. His jersey number has also been retired by the Vikings and he has been inducted into the team's Hall of Fame.
Carter ended his career with a one-year stint with the Miami Dolphins in 2002. He finished his 16-year career with 1,101 receptions, 13,899 yards and 130 touchdowns. Since retiring, Carter has been an analyst for ESPN. The former Eagle had been eligible for the Hall of Fame since 2008.
The native of Troy, Ohio will be coming home for his special night. He will join Larry Allen, Bill Parcells, Jonathan Ogden, Curley Culp, Dave Robinson and Warren Sapp to form this year's Hall of Fame class. It has been two years since a former Eagle was enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Richard Dent, who played for the Eagles in 1997, was inducted in 2011.
The Hall of Fame ceremony will take place tonight at 7 p.m. on NFL Network.