The speech was perfect.
The crowd was perfect. The ovation was unbelievable. And “it’s about time.”
It still amazes me how much this meant to so many people … Art’s long wait of course inspired me to create this blog, and his induction inspired thousands to make the trip to Canton, and to stand up and cheer when he walked on stage. I believe it’s not really just about football, but about the kind of man that Art is. As he said, “in all due respect, that as great as this honor is, it’s not what really defines who I am or the things that I’ve been able to accomplish in my life.”
Watching Art Monk go into the Hall of Fame shows that you can win by doing things the right way. It shows that being a good man can go hand-in-hand with being a good player. It shows us that nice guys don’t finish last, and can in fact receive the highest accolades. It’s about time.
It’s also about time to retire this blog. I’ll leave it up for other fans who might want to help get their heroes into the Hall of Fame. My personal preferences would be Russ Grimm, Joe Jacoby, and Gary Clark, but there are certainly many others that deserve this great honor. The voters may try to discount the opinions of fans, but they can’t do it forever.
As Art said, “Getting here did not come without controversy, as I’m sure it did with some of the guys sitting behind me. But through it all, I’m here with a greater appreciation for something that not every player is able to achieve and for the people who stood up for me and spoke out on my behalf.”