Cris Carter started playing football and basketball at Middletown High School. In college, he accepted the offer in the Ohio State University and thought to play both football and basketball. He decided to join its football team in 1987. While with the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cris became a consensus All-American selection after his junior season together with the team. He set a Rose Bowl record with 9 receptions over 172 yards. Carter was picked as afourth round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles during the 1987 auxiliary draft. Carter was discharged by the Eagles’ coach Buddy Ryan due to violent use of drugs and alcohol. Carter appeared for eight times at Pro Bowl. Additionally, Carter received several accolades including Bart Starr Man of the Year in 1994, and the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 1999. For nearly ten seasons together with the Vikings, Carter was an all-time leader with 1,004 receptions, 110 touchdowns and 12,383 receiving yards.