Fox Sports fires former Viking and Pro Football Hall of Famer Cris Carter

Viking Ring of Honer inductee worked for network for three years

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November 07, 2019 - 4:29 pm

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Fox Sports has fired Cris Carter after three years at the network.

Fox Sports issued a statement Thursday saying Carter was no longer at the network and had no further comment. The Pro Football Hall of Famer had been a co-host of FS1's "First Things First" morning show since its launch in 2017.

Carter had not been on the show since Oct. 31, according to The Big Lead.

Fox hired Carter as an NFL analyst but he was not part of the network's "Thursday Night Football" or "NFL Sunday" studio shows.

Cris Carter is a 2013 inductee into the NFL Hall of Fame.  His best years were played in Minnesota.  He played for the Vikings from 1990 through 2001 before one year in Miami.  Carter started his career in Philadelphia, struggling with alcohol and drug addictions before Viking Coach Dennis Green took a chance on the young receiver.  Carter became one of the game's most prolific receivers.  He lead the Vikings in receptions for 10 straight seasons, set the NFL record for receptions in a season in 1994, and again in 1995. 

Carter is still 6th on the NFL's all-time receptions list and was inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor in 2003.  

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Carter was part of ESPN's NFL studio shows from 2008 until early 2016, when the network reshuffled its lineups.

Fox Sports spokesman Andrew Fegyveresi said various personalities will fill in with co-hosts Nick Wright and Jenna Wolfe on "First Things First" until a permanent replacement for Carter is named.

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