Saturday night in Canton, Ohio, former Viking great Cris Carter gets the ultimate honor as he's inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Can a few numbers tell his story? Never. But here's our Hail Mary try anyway:
That's how many receptions Carter had in his three seasons at Ohio State -- setting a Buckeye record. Check out this one-handed sideline grab (a Carter staple in years to come) at the 1985 Citrus Bowl:
That's how many touchdown passes Carter caught in his 16-year career, 4th on the all-time list. The best season: 17 TD receptions in 1995. In the 15-1 1998 season, he had 12 TD catches for Minnesota. Rookie Randy Moss added 17 more as the two teamed up for 29. The most special? You can't beat No. 1:
As Hall of Fame week approached, one former teammate, Qadry Ismail, accused Carter of being selfish, calling him a diva. Carter's response? Of course he was: "I’m a wide receiver; I’m selfish," Carter told ESPN radio. "You think I would have made it to the Hall of Fame not being selfish?”
As for Qadry: "I tried to teach him as much as I could. Let me tell you this: It’s not a personal thing so it’s not a (Qadry) issue. I expect you if you’re in pro football to catch the freakin’ ball. So I’m not going to be happy with you if they throw it to you and you have a tendency to drop it. Or if you have a tendency to make excuses. Or if you’re not that dang-gone tough. So, did we have problems? Those were the problems. Besides that, I was a great teammate.”