Chat with Cris Carter
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, one of newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Cris Carter, stops by to talk about his hall induction this weekend, as well as his new book "Going Deep" that hit stores Tuesday.
Carter is one of seven that will be inducted during Saturday's ceremony, joining Bill Parcells, Warren Sapp, Jonathan Ogden, Larry Allen, Dave Robinson and Curley Culp. The Ohio State product retired in 2002 ranked No. 2 in all-time receptions and TD catches and is one of eight players in league history with 1,000 or more receptions.
In "Going Deep," Carter talks about how wide receivers exploded during his time in the NFL. He explains how the position became the most complex, compelling positions in all of sports. Carter provides insights from his own career to explain all of the unique wide receiver personalities.
Send your questions now and join Carter Wednesday at noon ET!
Cris Carter (12:00 PM)
I'm looking forward to my book being out! Not quite looking forward to it as much as I'm looking forward to being inducted into the Hall of Fame, but I'm still looking forward to it.
Chris, I watched you at Ohio State and all through your NFL career and even now as a broadcaster. You HOF induction is waaayyyy over due and you are a class act. Congrats. Could you single out 1 or 2 individuals who had the most impact on your successful career?
Cris Carter (12:02 PM)
I would have to say Roger Craig. He gave me great insight on Jerry Rice. He trained him can gave me tips on how I can better myself if I want to be on the level of Jerry.
Cris, how much will the Vikings miss Percy Harvin?
Cris Carter (12:04 PM)
He's not going to be playing for the next 3-4 months so they won't miss him that much. The Vikings were in a tough spot, making a decision not to pay a WR that much money. But they made a good long term decision in trading Harvin and getting the draft picks they did for him. They also made a good decision in drafting a great WR in Cordarrelle Patterson this year's draft.
Scott (South Dakota)
49er fan in Viking Country, but always liked watching you play, man! Congrats on the HOF. Well deserved. Best hands I've ever seen.
Cris Carter (12:05 PM)
I agree. LOL. Thanks for all the support, Scott.
Were you shocked that it took so long for you to be honored in the HOF?
Cris Carter (12:06 PM)
I don't think shocked is the word. There's no guarantee that a player will get in. So just being mentioned among possible candidates is an honor. I have a lot of respect for the 46 people who put in the time and effort into getting it right. And thanks to them, I'm int he 2013 class.
What's your favorite Ohio State memory?
Cris Carter (12:07 PM)
Playing in the Rose Bowl my freshman year and breaking a record as a true freshman.
Sarah J. (Chicago)
Who was your favorite NFL player growing up?
Cris Carter (12:08 PM)
Lynn Swann. I loved the way he was like a ballerina playing in the NFL.
first congrats on HOF induction - who do you believe will have the monster year at WR between Fitz., Dez or Julio? also what should we expect from Nicks this year - is he 100% healthy and going to be the deep threat?
Cris Carter (12:10 PM)
I think all three will have a great year. Fitz won't have a 700 yard receiving year with Carson Palmer at QB. Juilo is a great WR and could eventually be the best WR in the league. I think Dez will have around 1,400 receiving yards this season. But if I had to pick just one WR to have a great year, I'm going with Julio.
Hello Cris, With being a NFC North guy what do you think of the Lions new team? And do you think that Megatron coul dhave the same fait a Barry? Great player but with a franchise that cant get things to gel togetehr?
Cris Carter (12:11 PM)
They have a lot of talent but that doesn't equate to wins. I'd like the offensive line protect Matt Stafford a little bit more. I'm scared that he'll get banged up this season.
Im from MN, your mine and my families favorite player of all time. When me and my brother were younger and would play catch everytime we were doing a sideline catch we would call it a Chris Carter. It was an honor watching you play. I think we were the luckiest fan base of all time when you and Moss were on the team. Anyway do you think the Vikings have any shot at going far in the playoffs with Ponder at QB? I personally don't think we could be a SB team with Ponder at QB. I mean look at the last 10 or so SB winning QBs- E Manning x2, Brady x3, Manning, Rodgers, Rothelisberger x2, Flacco, Brees.... Thanks so much man
Cris Carter (12:12 PM)
They have a better team than they had last year and they made it to the playoffs. I think they will make a dent in the playoffs this season.
John (New York)
What inspired you to write "Going Deep?" And how does it feel to be named a HOFer?
Cris Carter (12:14 PM)
Well, there's not a lot of material out there about WRs. I thought it brought gives you a different side of receivers, something fans don't really get. It gives you the personality of receivers and gives you an inside track of the position. It gives the causal football fan an look at the position that I love.
Harrison F. (Ohio)
Coming from a huge Ohio State fan, congratulations! Is there one coach that you can attribute your success to?
Cris Carter (12:15 PM)
Bill Conley, my high school coach. He's the first guy that gave me the thought that I could be really special at wide receiver.
Who has better socks, you or Herm Edwards?
Cris Carter (12:17 PM)
I'm kicking Herm's butt on the socks. Herm is still wearing argylel socks in the summer. It's all about the strips. And if you do argyle, it has to be cotton.
Jason (Kansas City)
Does the QB make the WR or does the WR make the QB?
Cris Carter (12:18 PM)
I think there's been a myth that QBs makes the WRs but it works hand and hand. QBs need good WRs to throw to in order to be great and WRs need good QBs to throw to them in order to be great.
What makes the personalities of WRs so different from other positions?
Cris Carter (12:20 PM)
For one, you have to have a little screw lose to play the position. Who wants to go across the middle only to get hit? Before, when going to youth camps, the line for QBs would be around the corner. Now, kids want to be either QBs or WRs. Being a WR is popular, it's cool.
Cris how much do you really dislike Michigan? haha.
Cris Carter (12:21 PM)
It's not as if I dislike Michigan. I have a lot of respect for the university -- not only the athletic department but how they educate young people. The only reason I dislike them is because they are the No. 1 rival for OSU. I need to beat up on them to be on top. I do love and respect them though.
Michael H (Texas)
What has been like being "teammates" with Jerry Rice at ESPN?
Cris Carter (12:23 PM)
It's been cool. We haven't had the time to sit around and just chat about the technical side of the WR position but we do now that we work together. Listening to a guy that is the greatest WR ever is a blessing.
Cris Carter (12:25 PM)
Thanks to everyone for the time. It's an exciting time in my life. Never thought that I'd be writing a book and I'm looking forward to the response. Looking forward to seeing the response it will get.