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2013 NFL Hall of Fame class: Cris Carter 'really wanted this'

Former NFL wide receiver Cris Carter was finally elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as part of the 2013 class.

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On Saturday evening, the NFL introduced their 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, which included former wide receiver Cris Carter.

This is not the first year Carter was eligible, and like a lot of greats that are now in the Hall, he had to be patient. It may be correct to assume that him not getting in the first time around made this a more humbling experience. Carter believed in his heart he belonged in that elite class of greats, but he wasn't given recognition right away.

Carter was the only receiver to be inducted this year, as Tim Brown and Andre Reed did not even make the top-10 finalists.

Hailing from Ohio State, Carter made his name playing with the Minnesota Vikings. For his entire career, he displayed some of the most spectacular hands this league has ever seen. When it comes to pass-catchers making the tough, high-concentration sideline catches, there was none better than Carter.

He was also an unbelievable scoring threat, racking up 130 receiving touchdowns in his career. This was a very emotional day for Carter -- one that he calls one of the best of his life.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.