"It's not where you start, but where you finish.". The words of Zig Ziglar could truly apply to Cris Carter, former Ohio State wide receiver who will be enshrined tonight in The Pro Football Hall Of Fame.
Carter was suspended by Ohio State in August 1987 for accepting money from an agent, ending his collegiate career. Drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the 1987 supplemental draft, Carter was cut by former Eagles coach Buddy Ryan in 1989, famously stating, "All he does is catch touchdowns.".
Carter actually was cut for a substance abuse problem. Landing with the Minnesota Vikings, Carter was able to overcome his challenges to become arguably one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history. Carter will enter The Pro Football Hall Of Fame in his sixth year of eligibility.
One of my childhood memories of my Dad as we would play football was when he would throw to me, and if I would drop it, Dad would say, "If you can touch it, you can catch it.". Watch this clip of Cris Carter playing against Brigham Young in the 1985 Citrus Bowl, and I believe my Dad would agree that Cris Carter played with the same mindset and motto...
I am going to conclude this post with an image of Cris Carter, using his words and image to sum up his Ohio State career. Congratulations on The Pro Football Hall Of Fame, Mr. Carter. Go Bucks!