Three Former Vikings Among NFL Hall Of Fame 2012 Semifinalists

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 20: Minnesota Vikings mascot Ragnar gets fans excited before the game against the Oakland Raiders on November 20, 2011 at Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher /Getty Images)

Former Minnesota Vikings Cris Carter, Chris Doleman and Roger Craig are among three of 26 semifinalists being considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012.

Carter starred at wide receiver for the Vikings from 1990-2001, and at the time of his retirement he trailed only San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice for the most receptions (1,101) and touchdowns receptions (131) in NFL history, but has somewhat surprisingly not been elected since he was first eligible in 2008.

Chris Doleman was a standout defensive end for Minnesota from 1985-1993 and returned to the team in 1999 before retiring. Doleman recorded 21 sacks in 1989, third most in a single-season in NFL history.

Meanwhile, Roger Craig spent his best years with the 49ers, but did close his career in 1992-1993 with the Vikings.

The list of 26 semifinalists will be reduced by mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists, which will be announced in early January, 2012, and the Class of 2012 will be determined at the Selection Committee's annual meeting on, Feb. 4, in Indianapolis, Indiana the day before Super Bowl XLVI, and will be announced during a one-hour NFL Network special.

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