Former Minnesota Vikings WR Qadry Ismail: Cris Carter was a diva

Cris-Carter-VikingsMinnesota Vikings legend Cris Carter is one of the best wide receivers to ever play in the National Football League. In addition, he is one of the greatest NFL players to never win a Super Bowl. According to former Vikings receiver Qadry Ismail, there is a reason for that.

Carter is set to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend, but Ismail wanted to remind everyone on Sunday that the eight-time Pro Bowler had plenty of flaws.

“To be perfectly honest with you, Cris was a bona fide diva,” Ismail told SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio, via Pro Football Talk. “…To me, the greatest guy that I played with was Shannon Sharpe, because he raised the game up for me as a player. I know there would be times when we’d get in the huddle and he’d look over at me and go, ‘Q, we need to make a play.’ Or whatever it might have been in that moment. And I swear to you it would be like, ‘Oh my god, I’m going to make a play because Shannon just called me out.’ And sure enough, boom, it would be there. Shannon was that kind of a guy that you just knew that he was in your corner.

“You couldn’t say the same thing for Cris Carter. You couldn’t say the same thing as far as his attitude towards his teammates. You couldn’t say the same thing as far as his attitude as far as the coaching staff. You knew that he had a selfishness to him that was an extreme selfishness.”

Carter always wanted the ball, which some would argue is the mark of a great player. He probably wouldn’t even argue if you told him he demanded the ball a bit too much. However, he might disagree with Ismail over the notion that his selfishness prevented him from winning a championship.

“Could he flat out make plays? Absolutely,” Ismail said. “But there’s a reason why they didn’t go all the way and win Super Bowls. There’s a reason why, that his talent was good, but when you talk about Jerry Rice talent you also talk about that team elevating it to the next level to win championships. When you talk about Shannon’s talent you are talking about that team elevating and winning championships. When you are talking about talent, there’s one thing to have talent but, to me, if you’re a complete, amazing football player, others around you rise up to whatever their level of talent is.”

That’s debatable. It’s tough to argue that a guy who hauled in 130 touchdowns and racked up more than 13,000 yards in his career held his team back. I guess it’s possible, but it sounds like Ismail is exaggerating a bit. It also sounds like Carter wasn’t the best teammate, which probably isn’t shocking news to anyone.

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  • SpinMax

    The reason he didn’t play in/win a super bowl is because his field goal kicker choked away one of the most amazing team seasons ever.

  • Saucecake

    Qadry Ismail? Why does this guy even warrant an interview? He is not worth to carry Cris Carter’s Jock. So what if Carter wasn’t a big Teddy Bear? His career speaks for itself! U
    h, can Qadry say that?

  • Rj Dieken

    As someone who walked the players to and from the parking lot, and did security for the Vikings Players lounge and pre-game hotel, i could not agree more.

    Randy Moss always got a bad rap, but often Chris was the instigator to many of Randy’s bad ideas (don’t flame, not all of them).

    he’d always put on this “i was interfered show” when he missed catching the ball, problem was, chris, we had instant replay…you weren’t.

    Chris was one of the VERY few who always walked by the old lady at the players lounge (who had been a vikings employee since the START of the vikings) without giving her a hug or kiss on the cheek.

    But people seem to forget the vikings picked carter up on a last chance, don’t even think about cocaine again deal. we were his last chance to remain in the league, i think he had not one but two strikes when we picked him up.

    He never was a class person, but he was a class player, so i still respect the guy, for who he was, not the pedestal he was/is on.

  • SherylSimpson

    of course he was. from what i see and hear…he still is.