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Football legend Carter tosses out first pitch for Reds

CINCINNATI -- Recently elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, former NFL wide receiver and Ohio State star Cris Carter threw out a ceremonial first pitch Monday night before the Reds played the Braves at Great American Ball Park.

A native of Middletown, Ohio, Carter threw a strike to his older brother, former NBA player and coach Butch Carter, who was behind the plate.

The Carters and 2012 Olympic judo gold medalist Kayla Harrison were honored on Middletown Night.

Following three seasons at Ohio State, Carter played 16 seasons in the NFL with the Eagles, Vikings and Dolphins. He retired following the 2002 season and currently serves as a television analyst for ESPN.

Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in February, Carter will be enshrined in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 3.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon.

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