By Dory LeBlanc
One of the most memorable Hall of Fame induction speeches in recent years was former wide receiver's Cris Carter last August in Canton. Carter humbly shed tears while he spoke about the game he loves with passion and respect. He, like all of the 2012 inductees, thanked the selection committee and the teammates, coaches, friends and family that walked with him on his journey repeatedly throughout his speech.
It was easy to see as Carter navigated through all 16 minutes of his speech that he was honored beyond words.
Carter, who joined WDAE on the Ron and Ian Show Friday morning, talked about the three men with Buccaneer ties that will find out tomorrow night if they, too, will get to stand in front of their fans, peers, and family and express their own gratitude for being honored for their place in NFL history.
"They're all great candidates," Carter said. "Any time you're a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame it's a fabulous honor. But it's very difficult. I don't know if there's a more difficult time than getting into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
"Whatever it is, I think Derrick (Brooks) has the best shot. I think he'll be a first ballot Hall of Famer. And the rest of them evenutally - like people told me and I didn't want to hear it - eventually if you're a finalist, you will get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame."
"And all of them are very deserving," Carter added, "But it's gut-wrenching. It's going to be a tough Saturday for several people."
The consensus around the leauge is that Brooks will in fact be inducted into the Hall tomorrow, but the bigger question is: Will he be joined by his former teammate and coach?
Brooks, Tony Dungy, John Lynch, and Tampa Bay will get the answer Saturday.
To listen to the entire conversation with Carter, click the player below: