Former NFL Receiver Cris Carter, who was voted into Hall of Fame this year, said today that Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown has told him that prior to the 1987 NFL Draft, they had taken Carter off of their draft boards in a similar manner like they did with former NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez. Carter spoke about it today on ESPN:
Coming out of college from Ohio State, I was a first-team All-American. Mike Brown, I’ve talked to him in the last several years. He took me off their list, too. He said he regretted it because I was a local talent and he wished they hadn’t, but he told me, ‘Cris, I took you off our board based on the information we had’.
Carter was a great player at Ohio State, but like Hernandez, he suffered from drug problems, and he was also banned by the NCAA for his senior season for hiring an agent.
He ended up falling to the fourth-round in the 1987 supplemental draft, where the Philadelphia Eagles took a flyer on him.
While he didn’t exactly pan out in Philly, he went on to have one of the greatest careers ever by a receiver.
He ended up playing receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles (1987–89), the Minnesota Vikings (1990–2001) and the Miami Dolphins (2002).
His greatest success came as a Viking, as he leads Minnesota in every significant receiving category.
For his career, Carter recorded 1,101 passes for 13,899 yards and 130 touchdowns. He finished No. 2 behind Jerry Rice in career receptions and touchdowns by a receiver.
He is also one of only eight players in NFL History with 1,000 or more receptions (1,101).
That could have easily been in Bengals stripes, but then again. so could Aaron Hernandez. You win some and lose some as they say.