Years active: 1987-2002
Teams played for: Eagles, Vikings, Dolphins
Best chance: Playing for the 15-1 Vikings in 1998
Across 12 seasons with the Vikings, Cris Carter made the playoffs eight times and only finished with a losing record twice. Between the 1990s dual reign of Randall Cunningham and Daunte Culpepper, the Vikings went 4-8 in the playoffs, and lost the NFC title game twice in three years. Carter's Vikings teams were immortalized forever when the NFL Network covered them for an episode of America's Game: The Missing Rings. They honed in on the 1998 season: Because Gary Anderson couldn't make a damn 38-yard field goal after not missing all season, the Falcons stole away the NFC title in overtime, ending the Vikings' record-breaking 15-1 season (their 556 points scored was an NFL single-season NFL record until 2007) and Carter's best chance at playing in a Super Bowl.
The Hall of Famer put together eight straight seasons of 1,000-plus yards, and his 130 touchdown catches are third all-time.