The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

February 14, 2006

Furman Bisher

Filed under: Voter Articles — DjTj @ 4:06 pm

Furman Bisher has written for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for decades, and he appears to be a strong supporter of Art Monk:

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 4, 2001
Ohio State’s Cooper reads writing on wall well before his firing
Furman Bisher

I’m not in a habit of doing this, but I’m going to the Pro Football Hall of Fame meeting this year intent for casting my vote for Ron Yary and Jack Youngblood, both too long passed over. And how Lynn Swann’s name survives puzzles me, for with his sparse numbers down the road they’ll be dwarfed by such as Jerry Rice, Cris Carter and Art Monk.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 21, 2004
Mulling an NFL election ballot
Furman Bisher

Eller is from North Carolina and played college football at the University of Minnesota, for in those days Southern coaches were still shy about recruiting black athletes. Eller played 15 years with the Vikings, was All-Pro five times, most valuable lineman in the league twice, is the all-time Vikings leader in sacks and so on. I know all this, for it arrived by e-mail and the sender was none other than Carl Eller.

“I am honored to be one of the 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. You may or may not be familiar with my 15 years with the Minnesota Vikings. I believe if you were, you would cast your vote for me,” he wrote, and gave a summary of his feats.

This is the first personal campaign message I can recall ever receiving from one of the candidates. Sometimes fans will flood screen with appeals for their favorites. During the same day that Eller logged in, ten messages supporting Art Monk appeared in a row. Those are cheerfully received, and so is Eller’s. It’s rather refreshing that the hall of fame means that much to an old lineman who never heard that many cheers in his name in the first place.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 17, 2005
Gators inherit a Braves alumnus
Furman Bisher

Oh, how the cynics do howl that Michael Irvin didn’t pass muster in the Hall of Fame ballot. Neither did Art Monk, who caught 190 more passes and scored three more touchdowns and kept his nose clean.

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http://www.ajc.com/blogs/content/shared-blogs/ajc/sportscolumns/entries/2006/02/04/choices_challen.html
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 5, 2006
Choices challenging for Hall of Fame
Furman Bisher

Strange that a receiver with Art Monk’s numbers can’t crash this hard-line body. He caught more passes than any player before him in the history of the league, nearly four times more than Lynn Swann, who got in with 336, but there just didn’t seem to be room for him. Search me.

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