Cris Carter

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Sports Speaker Cris Carter was a gifted athlete growing up in Ohio as a standout on both the basketball and football teams. After being recruited to Ohio State, where he planned to play both sports, the wide receiver decided to turn his attention to football. Without a doubt, it was one of the best decisions he could have made—he soon set the school record for receptions and was inducted into the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame in 2003. Cris left his legacy at Ohio State to begin his NFL career when he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Though Cris was the Eagles’ primary red zone receiver by his third season with the team, his struggles with drug and alcohol abuse led to his then coach Buddy Ryan showing him some tough love by cutting him from the team, but he ultimately helped Cris to turn his life around. After being selected by the Minnesota Vikings, Cris helped to lift the flailing team out of the pits of despair. He quickly became the team’s top pass catcher, and soon the Vikings were back on the map as NFL contenders. With his great hands and quick feet, Cris was selected for five consecutive Pro Bowls and made the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team. No matter who was passing him the ball, Cris made it his job to catch it under any and all circumstances; he became the NFL Alumni Wide Receiver of the Year in 2000. After a short stint with the Miami Dolphins, Cris retired in 2002, ending his career with 1,101 career receptions and 130 touchdowns, second only to Jerry Rice. In 2013, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Cris has given back to the community with the establishment of his own sports training center, Cris Carter’s FAST Program, and as an assistant coach for St. Thomas Aquinas High School. He is a frequent speaker at NFL Rookie Symposium and has done analyst work on HBO, Yahoo Sports, and ESPN. The former NFL player is also an ordained minister.