The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

February 16, 2006

Another Blog on the HOF vote

Filed under: News — DjTj @ 12:43 pm

I found an in depth analysis of the HOF vote:

http://www.sports-central.org/sports/2006/02/14/pro_football_hall_of_fame_2006_thoughts.php
Sports Central
February 14, 2006
Pro Football Hall of Fame 2006 Thoughts
Brad Oremland

Who Got Snubbed?

Usually, I lead this segment with Art Monk and the last-round finalists who didn’t make it, but the most deserving player turned away this year was Thurman Thomas. Overshadowed by Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith, Thomas was a no-brainer, first-ballot talent. He had eight consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, led the NFL in yards from scrimmage four years in a row, and was NFL MVP in 1991. But Thomas will get in next year. Monk won’t.

I’ve written extensively about Monk’s case, and I only have one thing to add. Paul Zimmerman, Sports Illustrated’s otherwise fantastic Dr. Z, recently argued against Monk’s candidacy, writing that, “when you played the Redskins, you didn’t say, ‘How can I stop Art Monk?'” I’d like to suggest that perhaps that’s why Washington went 150-87 and won three Super Bowls with Monk in burgundy and gold. If you’re not concerned about stopping a guy who breaks league records for receptions in a season and a career, you’re going to lose a lot of games. Monk was the team’s receiving leader during its 1982 and 1991 Super Bowl seasons, during which the team went a combined 29-3 (.906).

Other guys who probably deserve to be enshrined were turned away, as well, but the only other controversy this year involved Michael Irvin. The Hall’s by-laws are very clear that only on-field activity should be considered, but many fans believe that Irvin’s drug-related arrests have hindered his candidacy. If I had to guess, I think it’s probably true that one or two voters penalized Irvin for his off-field transgressions. On the other hand, Taylor was a first-ballot selection, and he had multiple cocaine arrests and a drug-related suspension from the league.

The real reason Irvin didn’t make it this year is that the competition was too tough. I mean, Thurman Thomas couldn’t get in. Next year’s class will be competitive, too, but Irvin will have a shot. Aikman’s induction will help him, because teammates often split votes. One problem Monk is having is that he’s splitting his Washington votes with Russ Grimm, and the wide receiver votes with Irvin. It’s not a coincidence that John Stallworth got in one year after Lynn Swann was finally off the ballot.

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