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Cris Carter teaches Jets players some life lessons

Cris Carter, former NFL player and current ESPN

Cris Carter, former NFL player and current ESPN analyst, talks with reporters during the ESPN media availablility in the Empire West Ballroom, at Super Bowl XLVIII Media Center at the Sheraton New York Times Square on Jan. 28, 2014. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Maddie Meyer

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Hall of Famer Cris Carter visited the Jets on Tuesday and spoke to players for about 90 minutes.

Carter, who credits Ryan's dad, Buddy, for helping him turn around his life and NFL career, said Wednesday on ESPN Radio that the meeting was prearranged and had nothing to do with the Jets' 2-8 record.

Carter, a former wide receiver turned ESPN analyst, said he touched on several topics during his session with the team, including the state of the NFL, how to be a leader and the importance of accountability.

"Are they going to leave the game in a better state than when they came in?" he said on air, giving a brief overview of his visit.

During his time with the players, Carter said he shared a personal story about himself and the Ryan family. Then he asked the coaching staff and other members of the organization to exit the room.

Said Carter: "I asked them to leave because I feel like I can accomplish a lot with the players."

"Part of this game, the beauty of it is, there is a fraternity in this business," Ryan said when asked about Carter's visit. "Obviously, Cris played for my dad. We all know that, it is well-documented. It is kind of neat, the guys are out there for you. When you ask, guys will step up and they'll do these things for you. It can't be easy, I would think.

"From what the players told me it was fantastic."

Buddy Ryan was the coach of the Eagles when the organization drafted Carter in the fourth round of the 1987 supplemental draft. But soon after, the receiver was released because of his addiction issues.

"Buddy Ryan drafted me, and he tried to grow me up in the league," Carter said during his Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony in 2013. "What Buddy Ryan did was the best thing that ever happened for me when he cut me and told me I couldn't play for his football team.

"But he told me a story. He told me the night before he went on and talked to his wife [Joanie], and he asked his wife what he should do. And his wife told him, 'Don't cut Cris Carter. He's going to do something special with his life.'

"So Buddy Ryan and your lovely wife, I thank you. You're going into the Hall with me tonight."

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