Ever since Barry Alvarez pulled off one of the great reclamation projects in college football history, winning three Rose Bowls at the University of Wisconsin, his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame seemed a matter of when, not if.
Still, Alvarez was overcome with emotion when learning he would be a member of the 2010 class.
It became official on Thursday morning, when the selections were announced during a ceremony in Times Square in New York City, which Alvarez attended.
Joining Alvarez will be fellow coach Gene Stallings of Texas A&M and Alabama, as well as 12 players, including the late Pat Tillman of Arizona State, former Michigan and Green Bay Packers receiver/returner Desmond Howard and former Purdue quarterback Mark Herrmann.
Alvarez actually found out a week earlier, at the Big Ten Conference meetings in Chicago, when Steven Hatchell, the president and CEO of The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, Inc., broke the news.
"I was totally surprised when he announced that I would be inducted. I actually broke down," Alvarez, who now serves as UW's athletic director, said in an interview with ESPN News.
"I was sitting with my (current UW) coach, Bret Bielema, and I think he broke down. It's an honor. It's very humbling, when this is your life's work and it culminates like this.
"The first thing you think about is all the people that had something to do with it. It's not just about one person, it's about the group of players, it's about the staff, it's about anyone that supported you throughout your career. I look at this as an honor for a number of people who supported me throughout my life."
It is great so see Coach Alvarez honored in a manner that he deserves. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!