He called it the happiest day of his life, and it showed. For someone who is never at a loss for words in his capacity as a studio analyst for ESPN’s NFL coverage, Cris Carter needed time last February to articulate what it meant to learn, after six years of eligibility, that he would be joining the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The tears flowed at the official press conference announcing the Class of 2013 (Carter is joined by Bill Parcells, Warren Sapp, Jonathan Ogden, Larry Allen, Curley Culp and Dave Robinson), and later during TV and radio interviews.

So it was no surprise last weekend in Canton that Carter was equally emotional during his induction speech. The Boca Raton resident choked up several times during a candid, inspired speech that touched on everything from his regrets over losing his eligibility at Ohio State to the addiction problems that nearly ended his career. 

Here's Carter's Hall of Fame speech in its entirety: