Cris Carter

NFL Analyst

Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter joined ESPN in April 2008 as a NFL studio analyst. He appears on Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, NFL Live and SportsCenter.  He also contributes to ESPN’s NFL Draft and Super Bowl coverage and makes regular appearances on ESPN Radio.

One of the most prolific pass receivers in NFL history, Carter will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2013. He played for the Philadelphia Eagles (1987-89), Minnesota Vikings (1990-2001) and Miami Dolphins (2002) during his 16 professional seasons.  He finished his career as the NFL’s second all-time leading receiver with 1,101 receptions for 13,899 yards and 130 touchdowns, which ranked second-most in NFL history.  A member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s, Carter led the NFL in receiving three times (1995, ’97 and ’99) and he led the league with 122 receptions in 1994.  The eight-time Pro Bowl selection also recorded 42 100-yard receiving games during his career and had 10 or more touchdowns in a season six times.  

Carter entered the NFL as a fourth round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1987 supplemental draft.  He signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Vikings in 1990 and his career took off.  Over the next 12 years, Carter led the Vikings in receptions 10 straight seasons (1991-2000) and recorded eight consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.  His top year as a pro was 1995 when he finished with 122 catches, a career-high 1,371 yards and 17 touchdowns.  When he retired in 2001, Carter held or shared 19 Vikings team records.  The franchise later retired his No. 80.  He was also named the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 1999 for his volunteer and charity work.

Carter was a first-team All-America (1986) and two-time All-Big Ten player at Ohio State University.  He finished his collegiate career as the Buckeyes’ all-time leader in receptions (168) and touchdown catches (27).  He also set single-season marks in 1986 for touchdown catches (11) and receiving yards (1,127), in addition to leading the Big Ten with 69 catches.  He ranks second in OSU history with 2,725 yards receiving, and he set the Rose Bowl receiving record as a freshman with 172 yards.  In 2000, Carter was named to the Ohio State Football All-Century Team and in 2003 he was inducted into the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame.

Carter and senior NFL writer Jeffri Chadiha have written a book together, GOING DEEP: How Wide Receivers Became the Most Compelling Figures in Pro Sports, which will be released by Disney’s Hyperion Books in August 2013.

A native of Troy, Ohio, Carter previously worked as an analyst on HBO’s Inside the NFL. Since 2001, Carter and his brother John have owned Carter Brothers, an electronic fire and security company.  His older brother, Butch, played seven years in the NBA and coached the Toronto Raptors.  Carter serves as a faculty member and assistant football coach at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in South Florida, which his son (Duron) and daughter (Monterae) attended. Duron played college football at Florida Atlantic University and hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps by playing wide receiver in the NFL.