It was getting to the point where Cris Carter and Vikings fans alike were wondering how long it was going to take before Canton came calling.
And then it finally happened.
While it was still too long overdue for one of the toughest, hardest-working and prolific receivers to play in the NFL, Carter will finally be in the Hall of Fame.
This video encapsulates what the honor, as well as how much the team's efforts to help him overcome his issues, means to him.
As Mark Craig of the Star-Tribune noted after Carter learned he had been elected:
"Man, [the Vikings] invested so much time in me," said Carter, breaking down again. "They got me to see the right people. Man, when I got there, I needed a lot of help. Oh my goodness."
One can only assume that come Saturday night, when Carter is officially added to the Hall of Fame, the honor will top all of these moments.
For Carter, it is a brilliant end to an incredibly long and emotional journey.
What were your favorite Cris Carter moments? Add them in the comments, and as always, thanks for reading.
Andrew Garda is a member of the Pro Football Writers Association. He is also a member of the fantasy football staff at Footballguys.com and the NFL writer at CheeseheadTV.com. You can follow him at @andrew_garda on Twitter.