Chris Carter will never know exactly what it would have been like to play for Bill Parcells, but the fact the opportunity was even there apparently means a lot to him.

According to USA Today Carter was in Canton, Ohio Saturday and revealed a story of how Parcells tried to claim him off of waivers after his then team, the Philadelphia Eagles, released him.

Carter says that when he picked up the phone, Parcells didn’t even say hello.

According to their recollections, it went like this:

“Cris Carter?”

“Yes.”

“This is Coach Parcells. How long would it take you to get to Giants Stadium?”

“Coach, it would take me a couple of hours. I’ll pack a bag. I’m right here in Cherry Hill (New Jersey). Let me talk to my wife. I’ll be right there.”

“Good, because we’re claiming you.”

About 15 minutes later, Carter called Parcells back and told him that he wouldn’t be coming, because he was also claimed by the Minnesota Vikings.

Carter said that phone call meant a lot because it came after Buddy Ryan told him he “couldn’t play”.  Fortunately for Minnesota, their poorer record than New York’s put them in front of Parcells’ team and as a result they landed a player who went on to have a Hall of Fame career.

It’s definitely funny how close some things end up coming to fruition.  While Carter never ended up playing in New York, he still rewarded Parcells Saturday night by walking over to his table and handing him a tie clip that was engraved with the No. 278 — Parcells’ number in the order of all-time Hall of Famers.

It was his way of thanking him and reportedly brought Parcells to tears, and it shows you just how classy of a player and a person Carter really is.