The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

August 4, 2008

It’s About Time.

Filed under: News — DjTj @ 10:27 pm

The speech was perfect.

(video)

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.”

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5 Comments »

  1. [...] and Darrell Greene were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend. I defer to the summary at the Art Monk Hall of Fame blog to describe how great it [...]

    Pingback by Football Hall of Fame-Levels of Honor? « Renaissance Ruminations — August 6, 2008 @ 6:01 pm

  2. It was an honor to be present at this historic ocassion for the Redskins franchise, just as it was an honor to fight on behalf of a man of Mr. Monk’s dignity. The four minute standing ovation which was joined by the Hall of Famers on stage is an event which will stick in my memory for the rest of my life (even if Mr. Monk seemed uncomfortable with it). The weekend also turned out to be a chance to meet other Redskins fans and former players (including Mark Moseley, Rick Walker, Virgil Seay, Mike Nelms, and Chief Zee himself). The work done on this site and because of it should get some of the credit. When told that the PowerPoint copy he was signing was one I had sent to many voters, Mark Moseley told me, “You guys did a good job.” The work we did was just as much for our own edification as for anyone else, but it certainly feels good to know it was worthwhile and appreciated.

    A big thanks to everyone who joined in stumping for Art Monk!

    Comment by remember the redskins — August 8, 2008 @ 6:38 pm

  3. Chris Hanburger for the Hall!

    Comment by remember the redskins — November 23, 2008 @ 10:10 am

  4. It’s been 4 yrs since the induction. Me and my friends all made our first trips to Ohio to see 2 of our favorite Redskins go to the HOF. It was an honor to be there amongst other football fans who felt the same way as we did. The ovation could have gone on much longer, as it was years in the making.

    Comment by Meest — August 5, 2012 @ 8:33 am


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