The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

February 9, 2006

Blogs on the HOF Vote

Filed under: News — DjTj @ 12:32 pm

There are a lot of bloggers out there complaining about Art Monk’s snub from the Hall this weekend:
Sportz Assassin’s Sports Journal
Sunday, February 5, 2006

Once again….Monk doesn’t get into the Hall.

The men who did are deserving [though I didn’t think Harry Carson would make it].  Troy Aikman, Reggie White, Warren Moon, Carson, Rayfield Wright and John Madden are all Hall worthy.  That does take some of the sting out of the non-Monk vote.

But why isn’t he there?  Of the receivers in his era that made it….

Charlie Joiner….750 catches, 12,146 yards, 65 TD
Steve Largent….819 catches, 13,089 yards, 100 TD
James Lofton…..764 catches, 14,004 yards, 75 TD
John Stallworth….537 catches, 8723 yards, 63 TD
Lynn Swann….336 catches, 5462 yards, 51 TD

Art Monk….940 catches, 12,721 yards, 68 TD

I truly believe that 2007 may be the year, however.  Next year….Bruce Matthews is the only real strong newcomer on the Hall of Fame scene [and he should get in].  Monk, Irvin and Thurman Thomas should get their calls then.

I won’t hold my breath.
Brian’s Political Donnybrook
Monday, February 06, 2006

5. Speaking of the Hall of Fame…how the freak does Art Monk keep getting bypassed? The guy was one of the best receivers ever and he gets shafted every time while a guy like Lynn Swann gets in. Compare Swann’s and Monk’s stats and it’s a joke when you realize Swann is in and Monk is not. Yes, Swann was a great big-game player but Monk won three super bowls as well…and he did so with quarterbacks like Joe Theismann, Doug Williams and Mark Rypien. It’s really ridiculous.
Sunday, February 05, 2006
Art Monk Shafted Again

Art Monk wasn’t a flashy receiver. He didn’t give many interviews, he didn’t do big end zone celebrations (except for the Fun Bunch high-five, which was the whole receiving corps) and he wasn’t really one of those players who ever stood out too much; however, Art Monk deserves the honor of being in the Hall of Fame. He held the record for most consecutive games with a catch at 164 games. He had 50 or more receptions in 9 seasons. He had five 1,000 yard seasons. He was a pro-bowler 3 times.
Blog de Connard
An Open Letter to Peter King

Dear Mr. King,

Your hypocrisy regarding the Hall of Fame selection process is truly astounding. Your Feb 6th column is opened with a defense of your voting for Warren Moon that’s predicated upon the non-sequitur of an argument that Moon’s career statistics were better than Dan Fouts’.

Not entirely following the logic here, but fair enough.

Later in your column, you suggest that you voted for Michael Irvin and support his candidacy, and will continue to do so until he gains entrance to the Hall.

Yet you still continue to block the candidacy of Art Monk, whose career statistics are BETTER than not only Michael Irvin’s (with an equal number of Super Bowl rings won), but a plethora of other Wide Receivers already in the Hall of Fame.
Elect Art Monk
Tuesday, February 7, 2006
‘Why Isn’t Monk in the HOF?’

Art Monk has MORE TOUCHDOWNS RECEIVING (68) than nine of the 17 Hall of Famers listed above. Only Alworth, Biletnikoff, Largent, Lofton, Maynard, McDonald, Taylor and Warfield have more. Monk ranks 29th (tied) all time in receiving touchdowns…

Art Monk has MORE RECEIVING YARDS (12,721) than 15 of the 17 Hall of Famers listed above. Only Largent and Lofton have more. Monk ranks ninth all time in receiving yards…

Finally, Art Monk has MORE RECEPTIONS (940) THAN ANY RECEIVER CURRENTLY IN THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME. Only Jerry Rice, Cris Carter, Tim Brown and Andre Reed have more receptions. Monk ranks fifth all time. Rice leads all receivers in virtually all statistical categories and will be eligible for enshrinement in 2011. Brown will also be eligible for enshrinement at that time. Carter and Reed both retired after the 2000 season and will be eligible for the first time this year.

Monk played 16 seasons, reaching the Super Bowl with the Redskins three times. (Ed. note: He actually reached the Super Bowl four times, winning three.) The first, in 1983, resulted in a loss to the Oakland Raiders, 38-9. Monk caught one pass for 26 yards in that game. The second, in 1987, resulted in a victory over the Denver Broncos,  42-10. Monk again caught just one pass, this time for 40 yards. The third occasion was in 1991, resulting in a 37-24 win over the Buffalo Bills. Monk caught seven passes for 113 yards in that game.

He has the rings…
He has the stats…
He has the reputation…
He has the respect…

Why isn’t Art Monk in the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Football Blog
February 07, 2006
Time for an Over-Hall of Fame
From James Alder

The guy has been passed over for enshrinement six times since becoming eligible despite putting together five 1,000-yard seasons and being the first player to record more than 100 receptions in a single season. He caught 940 passes during his career and had 164 consecutive games with at least one reception (also an NFL record at the time).

So there’s no logical excuse for Monk being overlooked time and time again. He has the stats. He has the rings. But for some reason, the doors to the Hall are closed to him. Monk is perhaps the most glaring hole in a Hall of Fame that is missing a significant number of players who should have been in years ago.
Counter Trey
February 7, 2006
Stop the Nonsense: Put Monk in the Hall of Fame

A quadruple amputee can count on his fingers and toes the number of wide receivers in the NFL Hall of Fame that have caught more passes than Art Monk.

Out of the seventeen wide receivers in the HOF, none have more catches than Monk. None have led their teams to more Super Bowl appearances than Monk. When Art Monk retired, he was the leading ALL TIME record holder in number of receptions. When he retired he owned the record for consecutive games with at least one reception. When Art Monk retired, he owned the record for most catches in a single season. And, again, he was the mainstay on four Super Bowl teams.

Keeping Monk out of the HOF when he retired as the all-time receptions leader, single-season receptions leader, and all-time leader in most consecutive games with a reception is tantamount to keeping Babe Ruth out of MLB’s HOF because a couple of guys named Aaron and Bonds eventually broke his career home run record; or Maris and Sosa and Bonds eventually broke his single-season HR record.

King and Zimmerman have gone so far as to say Monk wasn’t the only guy defenses focused on when they played the Redskins as if other HOF players on great teams didn’t have talented teammates. I guess that when teams played the Yankees they ignored Lou Gehrig.

Apart from being the best receiver in the history of the game when he retired and a three-time Super Bowl champion, Monk is a tremendous citizen. The NFL Hall of Fame is quickly becoming a joke.


1 Comment

  1. Monk will get in; the real problem is that the Hall has a backlog of fine candidates that results in some obviously qualified people having to wait for a long time. Of the 15 finalists on the 1985 list, 14 have been inducted.

    Comment by Brainster — February 13, 2006 @ 12:58 pm

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