The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

February 20, 2006

Don Pierson

Filed under: Voter Articles — DjTj @ 10:53 am

Don Pierson has been writing for the Chicago Tribune for a long long time.  He doesn’t write much about Hall of Fame voting except for the fate of his Bears.  However, he praised Art Monk while he was playing, and recently he has shown a disdain for the consideration of Pro Bowls in Hall of Fame voting.

My best guess is that Pierson supports Art Monk.

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The Chicago Tribune
April 17, 1991
Ismail will be rarity if Pats pick him 1st
Don Pierson

The Washington Redskins have made only seven first-round picks in the last 27 years. Two of them were wide receivers – Hall of Famer Charley Taylor and future Hall of Famer Art Monk. Both were converted running backs.

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The Chicago Tribune
October 21, 1991
Butler ruling due soon in test case on alcohol policy
Don Pierson

– Washington coach Joe Gibbs was asked why he appeared to ignore receiver Art Monk last week when Monk moved past Charlie Joiner into second place on the all-time receiving list.

“I certainly don’t think he wants a hug from me. Maybe from somebody else, but not from me. My first thought was ‘O well, it’s another milestone for Art.’ If I stop for every one of those, we might not get to play. I’m so used to him doing things like that,” Gibbs said.

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The Chicago Tribune
October 13, 1992
Monk tops Largent; Skins win
Don Pierson

Linebacker Wilber Marshall turned quarterback John Elway’s first game in RFK Stadium into a Monday nightmare with a performance that made the Washington Redskins remember they are world champions.

Before they were finished stomping the Denver Broncos 34-3, Art Monk became the National Football League’s all-time leading receiver. His three consecutive catches in the fourth quarter gave him 820 for his 13-year career, one more than Seattle’s Steve Largent.

Teammates rushed onto the field and carried Monkback to the huddle. Coach Joe Gibbs called him “one of the classiest guys in pro sports.”

“The fans deserve this record. The record is for them,” Monk said.

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The Chicago Tribune
December 25, 1992
NFL offers a quirky final week
Don Pierson

– Green Bay’s Sterling Sharpe needs five catches to break the season record of 106, set by Washington’s Art Monk in 1984.

Monk, who doesn’t ordinarily talk to reporters, was loquacious compared to Sharpe.

“I’m happy for him,” Monk said. “It’s not my record to keep. I’d like to see someone else experience the excitement and joy I had breaking it.”

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The Chicago Tribune
December 20, 2002
Pro Bowl needs grounding
Don Pierson

Two-thirds of the voting is done by players and coaches, the other third by fans, so players cherish the recognition of peers. Too bad they don’t cherish the responsibility of informed voting. Stories of recklessly and hastily filling out of ballots in team meetings rival the legends of Chicago elections.

There is little preparation or method, other than shouting between offense and defense over favorite or familiar friends and enemies. Coaches tend to take it more seriously yet are always limited by the film they study of particular opponents. An objective overall review is myth, yet Pro Bowl selection often becomes an exaggerated criterion for Hall of Fame candidacy.

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The Chicago Tribune
January 9, 2004
New terrain, same compass
Don Pierson

The NFL has changed in the 11 years since Joe Gibbs left to own race cars, but not so much that he won’t be able to recognize the difference between a zone blitz and a pit stop.

Gibbs was an offensive innovator who developed the “ace” backfield, or one-back attack with an “H-back,” a tight end in motion who functions like a fullback. Gibbs also thrived using three wide-receiver sets. His 1983 Super Bowl team that lost to the Raiders set a regular-season scoring record of 541 points that stood until 1998. His last Super Bowl team featured wide receivers Gary Clark, Art Monk and Ricky Sanders.

It will be a while before strategy passes Gibbs by. The two-point conversion, introduced in 1994, will not tax Gibbs’ ability to make a decision.

“He’s the best coach I’ve been around,” said Detroit Lions general manager Matt Millen, who played for Gibbs, San Francisco’s George Seifert and the Raiders’ Tom Flores and Mike Shanahan.

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The Chicago Tribune
December 23, 2005
Bears’ Pro Bowl bounty bodes well
Don Pierson

The Pro Bowl can cause more problems than it solves. Many player contracts include Pro Bowl incentives, which can undermine team goals as much as complement them.

The Pro Bowl is where players and agents gather and compare notes and decide who is underpaid. They usually conclude that nobody is overpaid.

Pro Bowl recognition ranks too high on the popular criteria for eventual Hall of Fame consideration, especially now that fans are part of the Pro Bowl voting process.

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