Feb. 5, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Wide receiver Cris Carter, who starred for the Ohio State Buckeyes from 1984-86 and then played 16 years in the National Football League, was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013 over the weekend, thus becoming the seventh Ohio State player and the 10th individual with Ohio State ties to be voted among the greats in NFL history.

Carter is proceeded in the NFL Hall of Fame by former Buckeye players Dick LeBeau (Class of 2010 enshrines), Paul Warfield (1993), Bill Willis (1977), Dante Lavelli (1975), Lou Groza (1974) and Jim Parker (1973). Ohio State coaches Sid Gillman (1983) and Paul Brown (1967), and 1930s-era swimmer Ed Sabol, enshrined in 2011 for his work with NFL Films, are also in the Hall of Fame.

Carter, who played with the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins, recorded 1,101 catches for 13,899 yards and 130 touchdowns during his NFL career. His receptions and touchdown totals each ranked second in NFL history when he retired from the game.

Carter recorded eight consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, had 42 career games with 100 or more receiving yards and was selected to eight consecutive Pro Bowls from 1994-2001. He was named all-pro in 1994 and 1999.

A member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s, Carter had 10 or more touchdowns in a season six times and he led the NFL in receiving touchdowns three times (1995, 1997, and 1999). He recorded 70 or more catches in a season 10 times.

One of the game’s most prolific receivers was also one of its most durable. He played full 16-game seasons in 13 of his 16 years.

Carter, who played for coach Earle Bruce and was part of two Big Ten championship teams (1984 and 1986), held Ohio State career records for receptions (168) and touchdowns (27), and single season marks for receptions (69 in 1986), yards (1,127 in 1986) and touchdowns (11 in 1986) at the conclusion of his Ohio State career. He still ranks second in career receptions and touchdowns and fourth in receiving yards (2,725). Carter’s five consecutive games with 100-plus yards receiving in 1986 is still an Ohio State record.

Joining Carter in the Class of 2013 will be guard/tackle Larry Allen, defensive tackle Curley Culp, tackle Jonathan Ogden, coach Bill Parcells, linebacker Dave Robinson and defensive tackle Warren Sapp. They will be formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. The enshrinement ceremony takes place at Fawcett Stadium in Canton and will be televised live by both the NFL Network and ESPN.

Buckeyes in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Individual Position Class Years at OSU
Cris Carter Receiver 2013 1984-86
Dick LeBeau Cornerback 2010 1956-58
Paul Warfield Receiver 1993 1961-63
Bill Willis Guard 1977 1942-44
Dante Lavelli End 1975 1942
Lou Groza Kicker 1974 1943
Jim Parker Guard/Tackle 1973 1954-56
Sid Gillman Coach 1983 1938-40
Paul Brown Coach 1967 1941-43
Ed Sabol Contributor 2011 mid-1930s

Most Pro Football Hall of Famers (by College)
USC – 11
Notre Dame – 10
*Ohio State – 9
Michigan – 8
Pittsburgh – 8
Alabama – 8
Syracuse – 7
Illinois – 6
Miami, Florida – 6
Minnesota – 6

*The Pro Football Hall of Fame recognizes Paul Brown as a Miami (Ohio) inductee.