It should never have taken this long, but we now have confirmation that former Vikings receiver Cris Carter is one of the game’s best of all time, as he has finally been voted into the Hall of Fame.

Carter’s sixteen year career ended with him having compiled 1,101 catches for 13,899 yards and 130 touchdowns.  He is still fourth of all time in both catches and touchdown reception, while he is tied for second with his eight Pro Bowl appearances.  For over a decade, Vikings fans got to enjoy seeing Carter wear purple during the best seasons of his career, where his name became synonymous with breath-taking one-handed catches and spectacularly improbable touchdowns.

10 years ago the Vikings inducted Carter into their Ring of Honor and retired his jersey number.  This should surprise anyone as he still owns a boatload of franchise records including all of the major records for receivers.  He will be the 12th Minnesota Viking to be inducted into the Hall.

Carter’s personal struggles as a young NFL player in Philadelphia, and perhaps his post-player career as an analyst, have been thought to postpone his induction.  We all knew, however, that it was only a matter of time.

I, for one, cannot wait to hear his speech in Canton.