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Cris Carter Says Buddy Ryan Saved His Life

Nearly everyone associated with the NFL has paid tribute today to Buddy Ryan, a longtime coach and defensive guru who passed away at 82

One of the best tributes comes from Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter. 

Carter, who starred at Ohio State, was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles - then coached by Ryan - in the fourth round of the 1987 NFL Supplemental Draft. He was cut by Ryan after three seasons due to off-the-field issues, as he struggled with drug and alcohol abuse. 

The 50-year-old former star wide receiver says Ryan's "tough love" saved his life. 

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— Cris Carter (@criscarter80)

Peeps telling u not to draft me in the supplemental draft. I'm the only player @ProFootballHOF thanks #BuddyRyan ??

— Cris Carter (@criscarter80) June 28, 2016

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Carter talked in 2014 about Ryan's decision to cut him.

"My bottom was getting cut and I was so upset because even though they cut me, I wasn't using at the time," Carter said in 2014. "They cut me because they couldn't trust me. At the time, I had only flunked two tests. The next one, I would've been suspended for a year. I was clean for over six months at the time I got cut."

Carter also paid tribute to Ryan in his Hall of Fame induction speech.

After getting cut, Carter was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Vikings. He went on to be an eight-time Pro Bowler and a two-time first-team All-Pro. 

Carter was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2013. 

[Fox Sports]