This year’s NFL Hall of Fame ballot appears to be a very tight race, except for two first year inductees: Minnesota Vikings WR Cris Carter (’87-’02) and Washington Redskins CB Darrell Green (’83-’02). Nobody can deny the fact that those two deserve to be inducted in this year’s Hall of Fame for what they have accomplished. While he may have never won a Super Bowl, Cris Carter does go down as one of the best wide outs to ever play the game. Catching 1,101 receptions, scoring 130 touchdowns, and raking in 13,899 yards. Darrell Green however, will go down as not only one of the fastest players in the game, but one of the best shutdown corners to ever play football, and possibly the most accomplished. Winning two Super Bowls in three appearances, especially starting Super Bowl XVIII in his rookie year in a loss to the Oakland Raiders. Green was also selected to seven Pro Bowls and was named to the NFL 1990’s All Decade Team. Cris Carter was also named to the 1990’s All Decade Team, and was selected to eight Pro Bowls.
Now, on to the other candidates. This list is tough to choose from, considering all of these candidates are worthy of having a bust in Canton. The list is as follows: DE Fred Dean (’75-’85), DE Richard Dent (’83-’97), TB Marshall Goldberg (’39-’48), LB Randy Gradishar (’74-’83), G Russ Grimm (’81-’91), P Ray Guy (’73-’86), G Bob Kuechenberg (’70-’84), G Randall McDaniel (’88-’01), WR Art Monk (’80-’95), WR Andre Reed (’85-’00), Commissioner Paul Tagliabue (‘89-’06), LB Derrick Thomas (’89-’99), CB Emmitt Thomas (’66-’78), LB Andre Tippett (’82-’93), T Gary Zimmerman (’86-’97). Wow, what a list!
So, here is my other 4 candidates who I think should be inducted along with Cris Carter and Darrell Green:
WR Art Monk (he retired the all-time leading receiver, he is due)
LB Derrick Thomas (before his tragic death in 2000, there was nobody better at linebacker than Thomas, 126 sacks and 9 Pro Bowls at the age of 33)
G Russ Grimm (Russ was a part of a great O-line for the ‘Skins during their glory years, winning three Super Bowls along the way)
Commissioner Paul Tagliabue (if you love him or hate him, you have to admit, he did take the NFL to new heights)
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