Cris Carter

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Pro football hall of famer and longtime broadcaster Cris Carter is one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history. Carter finished his career as the NFL’s second all-time leading receiver and with the second-most touchdowns in league history. Carter is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s. 

Carter's road to success didn't come easily. Growing up in a low-income family in Ohio, his lifelong dream of becoming a professional athlete was finally realized when he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. However, as he made a name for himself in football, he was privately battling addiction off the field. Now, nearly three decades later, Carter shares his profound story with worldwide audiences. 

Carter transitioned seamlessly into broadcasting following his playing career, joining HBO’s Inside the NFL as a studio analyst. He became well-known for his candor, creating one of the show’s most memorable segments when he interviewed his former coach Buddy Ryan and opened up about his controversial release from the Philadelphia Eagles early in his career. Carter then moved to ESPN, appearing on a variety of programs as a studio analyst, including Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown, eventually becoming a fixture on the sports television landscape. Carter was also a FS1 NFL analyst, contributing to a number of the channel’s daily studio shows. 

A dedicated philanthropist, Carter is co-chair and founder of CarterBrothers Charities and has been recognized for his work with inner-city youth. He also serves as a mentor in President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Program.

Heralded for his ability to inspire and any audience with honest and empowering conversations, Carter speaks about the challenges and triumphs of his storied career, his powerful recovery story, and how to use life's most challenging obstacles to emerge a stronger, better version of yourself. 

 

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One of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history, Cris Carter scored 130 touchdowns and racked up 1,101 receptions for 13,899 yards (12.6 avg.) in 16 seasons, finishing his career as the NFL’s second all-time leading receiver and with the second-most touchdowns in league history. Carter is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s.

Carter transitioned seamlessly into broadcasting following his playing career, joining HBO’s “Inside the NFL” as a studio analyst in 2002. He became wellknown for his candor, creating one of the show’s most memorable segments when he interviewed his former coach Buddy Ryan and opened up about his controversial release from the Philadelphia Eagles early in his career. Carter moved to ESPN in 2008, appearing on a variety of programs as a studio analyst, including “Sunday NFL Countdown” and “Monday Night Countdown,’ becoming a fixture on the sports television landscape.

With FOX Sports, Carter served as co-host of the popular daily morning show, First Things First, discussing the biggest stories in the world of sports, alongside FS1 personality Nick Wright.

An Ohio native, Carter attended The Ohio State University where he studied communications and was a first-team All-American and two-time AllBig Ten performer. Carter is co-chair and founder of CarterBrothers Charities and has been recognized for his work with inner-city youth, receiving the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award in 1999. He also serves as a mentor in President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Program.