By Brian Kotloff
April 28, 2013

Hall-of-Fame receiver Cris Carter's son Duron could follow in his father's footsteps after being invited to try out for the Minnesota Vikings, according to multiple reports.

Duron Carter went undrafted following a troubled collegiate career after spending last season practicing with Florida Atlantic. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound wide receiver has been invited to both the Vikings' and Ravens' rookie camps, according to USA Today's Mike Garafalo.

He left Ohio State after his freshman season after being ruled academically ineligible, played at Coffeyville Community College (Kansas) in 2010, and transferred to Alabama but was never ruled eligible to play.

Though ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Carter had signed with Minnesota, Vikings general manager Rick Spielman clarified that he has merely been invited to camp this week.

Cris Carter spent 12 seasons in Minnesota, making eight Pro Bowls. The 47-year-old, who was drafted by the Eagles out of Ohio State in the fourth round of the supplemental draft in 1987, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in February.

Carter's ESPN coworker Mike Golic saw his son -- Mike Golic Jr., an undrafted offensive lineman out of Notre Dame -- sign with the Steelers this weekend.

Carter told The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Mark Craig that Duron's strengths are his hands, size and route-running ability.

From Craig's report:

The Vikings newest Pro Football Hall of Famer was overjoyed. His great year had just gotten a whole lot better. He said his former team would be signing his son, Duron, as an undrafted rookie free agent. It turns out it's actually an invitation to try out during the team's rookie minicamp this weekend.

"I'm just so happy for him that he'll get an opportunity to continue doing what he loves to do," Carter said. "For him to get that opportunity with the Minnesota Vikings, a team I played for and love, it's just a blessing."


"Very few have taken the route to the NFL that he's taken," Carter said. "Minnesota presents the best opportunity for him."

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