Dr. Z on Art Monk’s Hall of Fame Chances: ‘Just Put Him the F— In Already’
January 30, 2008
Michael David Smith
Sports Illustrated NFL writer Paul Zimmerman, better known as Dr. Z, has a reputation as the old curmudgeon of the football writing business. I met him today, and he lived up to that reputation.
I introduced myself to Zimmerman and told him I’d been reading his work for my entire life. He replied, “That makes me feel old.”
I then asked Zimmerman about the upcoming Pro Football Hall of Fame selection meeting, which is on the day before the Super Bowl. Zimmerman is one of the selectors, and he recently changed his mind about former Redskins receiver Art Monk, saying that after years of being the most vocal opponent of Monk’s enshrinement, he will now vote for Monk. So what changed his mind?
“I figured, just put him the f— in already,” Zimmerman told me. “I’m tired of being the a–hole.”