The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

February 23, 2006

Tony Grossi

Filed under: Voter Articles — DjTj @ 5:38 pm

Tony Grossi has covered the Browns and the NFL for the Cleveland Plain Dealer since the mid-80’s.  He hasn’t written much about Art Monk, but in a recent reader Q&A, he seemed to indicate that he doesn’t support Art for the Hall of Fame, citing his lack of Pro Bowls.

Cleveland Plain Dealer
September 25, 2005
A move that legends are made of
Tony Grossi

Finding room in the Hall: In a recent rule change, the Pro Football Hall of Fame limits its induction class to a maximum of six each year. That means somebody very deserving won’t make it in 2006.

Take a look at some of the candidates who are eligible for the first time: Troy Aikman, Warren Moon, Thurman Thomas, Irving Fryar, Andre Reed, Reggie White.

And the candidates who have been knocking on the door: Michael Irvin, Art Monk, Harry Carson.

And the two candidates already voted to the finalist list of 15 by the senior committee: John Madden and Rayfield Wright.

Cleveland Plain Dealer
January 22, 2006
Tony Grossi

Q:Hey, Tony: How can you not vote for Art Monk for the Hall of Fame? He had 940 career catches, 12,721 yards, 68 touchdowns, and 106 catches in a season when no one got near 100. How has he gone this long without getting compared to Steve Largent, James Lofton, etc.? — Tyrone O’Connor, Detroit

A:Hey, Tyrone: One of the knocks on Monk has been that he made the Pro Bowl three times in 16 years. Thus, if he was not considered one of the best receivers of his era, how could he be considered one of the best of all time? I go into each Hall of Fame meeting with an open mind and intend to listen intently to the latest debate on Monk on Feb. 4.



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