Cris Carter shares his profound sobriety journey at the Rosecrance Launch to Life Benefit
Pro Football Hall of Famer and memorable sports broadcaster CRIS CARTER made a powerful impact as the keynote speaker of Chicago organization Rosecrance’s Launch to Life Benefit, sharing his personal story of recovery from addiction. From his storied career in the NFL to his current role as memorable sports analyst, Carter is no stranger to overcoming challenges in the public eye. He imparts wisdom he’s amassed through his lifetime of meeting challenges on the field, on screen, and in life with perseverance, and breaks down his practical advice for audiences from any background.
Carter builds on his own story to create a compelling relationship with the audience, leveraging his lens as an analyst to raise questions that inspire listeners and transform the conversation. He galvanized the Rosecrance audience with his impassioned remarks, telling the crowd, “There is hope. Let me tell you the truth, we do get better. We do go on to do great things.” The event was captured in a piece by the host, ‘Counting the stats that matter: NFL Hall-of-Famer Carter shares recover story at Launch to Life Benefit’, honoring the notable evening.
Cris Carter is a former NFL wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins. Over the course of his sixteen seasons (1987-2002), Cris was named to eight Pro Bowls, was twice named first-team All-Pro, and was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013. In college, Cris starred at Ohio State, where he was a consensus All-American after his junior season.
After retiring with the second-most receptions and touchdowns as a receiver in the history of the NFL, Cris entered the media. He was a studio analyst for HBO’s Inside the NFL (2002-2007). From 2008-2016, Cris served as a studio analyst on ESPN’s signature football shows, Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown. Cris was also a regular co-host on ESPN’s top-rated radio show, Mike and Mike, and was an analyst on ESPN’s Super Bowl and NFL Draft coverage. Most recently, Cris served as a co-host on Fox Sports 1’s daily morning show, First Things First, where he debated the hottest topics in sports.
Cris is the author of Going Deep, published in July 2013, which examines the evolution of the wide receiver position; he’s also a sought-after public speaker and has spoken for many Fortune 500 companies. Cris speaks about leadership, teamwork, and overcoming adversity, including his previous struggles with addiction.
He currently resides in South Florida with his family.