In February of 2006, I was surprised to hear that Art Monk had been denied from the Hall of Fame once again, so I started this blog to find out why Art has been kept out.
I focused particularly on the voters who held the keys to the Hall, and I tried to catalog each of their opinions to determine how close Art was, and whom was keeping him out. I learned that support for Art was actually very strong, and the opposition was fierce but small in number … I also learned that some opinions were changing. Along the way, I found many other people who put serious efforts to help get Art into the Hall, but despite our best efforts, he fell short again in 2007.
But something happened after the 2007 Hall of Fame vote. Perhaps it was the built-up frustrations of Art Monk fans or maybe the football gods had just decided it had been too long. I think the image of Michael Irvin going in before Monk really frustrated a lot of people, both fans and voters, and the tide began to visibly turn.
Peter King, already having given up his anti-Monk crusade in 2006, began actively convincing his peers to support Monk’s candidacy. The Hall of Fame expanded the maximum number of enshrinees from six to seven, and they increased the pool of voters with a few younger voters who fell in love with football in Art Monk’s prime, and with more voters that didn’t have a tie to any particular team or city. In late 2007, Dr. Z decided to support Monk, and the path to the Hall became clear.
On February 2, 2008, after eight long years, Art Monk was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
This site won’t be updated much anymore, but it will stand as a reminder that fans can really make a difference, that anything you care about it is worth fighting for, and that nice guys don’t always finish last.
Congratulations Art, and thanks for the memories.