Duron Carter: "Eventually, I Would Like To Be Out Of The Shadow Of Cris Carter"

Intro: What influence has Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter had on his son, and newest Colts wide receiver, Duron?

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INDIANAPOLIS – Duron Carter held the jacket that NFL players dream of donning one day.

His job was to put it on his father, joining a class that is reserved for the game's most distinguished.

It was on that August afternoon in 2013 that Duron Carter watched his dad, Cris Carter, earn induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The ceremony also made Duron look around and reflect on his own life, one filled with talent, yet to have been fully tapped.

"I really didn't understand what it meant to be in the Hall of Fame until I visited Canton and was there with my dad," Duron said.

"Being around all of the old players and just the vibe and feel that you get from them, and you see their name from the NFL films, these dudes are great players. To sit there and pick their brains about football it was an opportunity of a lifetime."

Duron's next opportunity wasn't coming in the NFL though.

He was heading north of the border to begin a two-year Canadian Football League stint. Duron now returns to the league where his father caught 130 touchdowns in 16 seasons.

Colts fans are gushing over the potential of the 6-5 Duron.

His CFL highlights display a rare breed of a pass catcher with that frame, who can make plays just as stirring once the ball is in his hands.

Duron's height is something his father never had (Cris is listed at 6-2).

The son is now trying to match Cris' intensity, which terrorized defensive backs throughout the 1990s.

"Whether it's being a football player or a father, a race, or just going to the grocery store, everything is going to be 100 percent complete," Duron says describing his dad.

While Duron credits his dad for letting his son carve out his own path to the NFL, the father has him to partially thank for his own career.

Cris spent his first three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles but off the field issues led to the former All-American being cut after a 605-yard season in 1989.

Duron would be born in the spring of 1991, at a time Cris was about to embark on a career that would end with enshrinement to Canton.

"He felt like his life was spinning out of control," Duron said of his dad around 1990.

"At that time, I was being born. He tells me all the time that when I was born, that was when he decided that he was going to get his life straight and become great."

Duron's journey to become great now hits Indianapolis.

Questions about his dad are something Duron has no problem answering, but one day he hopes the name of "Duron Carter" will stand on its own.

"Eventually, I would like to be out of the shadow of Cris Carter but that's a big shadow, and not a bad shadow to be under at all," the new Colts wide receiver said.

On Monday, the Colts agreed to terms with wide receiver Duron Carter, the son of Hall of Famer Chris Carter.

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