One of the most illustrious pass catchers in NFL history, Cris Carter, the former Minnesota Vikings star receiver, started a new chapter in his storied career last fall, joining HBO's Inside the NFL. In his rookie season, Carter earned high marks for his keen game analysis and sharp opinions.
Drafted out of Ohio State University by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1987, Carter's first reception as a pro was a 22-yard touchdown catch. He went on to a stellar NFL career spanning 15 years, including 12 years with the Minnesota Vikings. Coupling stunning athletic ability with durability, Carter played a full 16-game slate for 13 seasons and appeared in eight consecutive Pro Bowls. In 1999, he became only the second player in NFL history to catch 1,000 passes, putting him into the history books alongside Jerry Rice. Carter, 36, ranks second on the NFL's all-time list for total receptions (1,101) and receiving touchdowns (130). He was named to the All-Decade Team (1990) by the Pro-Football-Hall-of-Fame Selection Committee and received the 1999 NFL Man of the Year award. In dramatic fashion, he joined the Miami Dolphins in 2002, when injuries decimated their receiving corps.
In addition to his on field accomplishments, Cris has been an active member of the community. He established the Carter-White Charitable Foundations for underprivileged children and created the Viking Super Challenge, which challenges students to stay in school and away from drugs. He also created the Cris Carter Academic Honor Roll Program that recognizes high school athletes that excel on the field and in the oom. He sits on the Board of Directors for Builders of Dreams for Youth (BODY) and the Starlight Foundation, serving as one of its International Ambassadors.
In 1996 Cris obtained one of his greatest personal accomplishments when he became an ordained minister.
Cris resides in Boca Raton, Florida with his wife and their two children.