The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

March 24, 2006

Peter Finney

Filed under: Voter Articles — DjTj @ 1:36 pm

Peter Finney has covered sports for the New Orleans Times-Picayune for over 60 years.  Unfortunately, my access to Times-Picayune archives is rather limited, and he hasn’t written much about Art Monk lately.

New York Post
January 28, 2001
Tuna’s Hall Call will Have to Wait
Mark Cannizzarro

Parcells, 59, watched yesterday as former Bills coach Marv Levy, former Steelers receiver Lynn Swann, former Vikings offensive tackle Ron Yary, former Dolphins linebacker Nick Buoniconti, former Rams tackle Jackie Slater, former Oilers guard Mike Munchak and former Rams defensive end Jack Youngblood were voted in as the Class of 2001 to be officially inducted on Aug. 4 in Canton.

Seven other finalists – Dave Casper, Dan Hampton, Lester Hayes, Art Monk, John Stallworth, Ralph Wilson and Giants linebacker Harry Carson-failed to receive the necessary votes.

In what some of the voters called a surprise, Parcells didn’t even make it to the cut to 10 from 14 nominees. The process pared the nominees from 14 to 10 to 6, with the final six getting in.

“He’s going to get in, there’s no question about that,” veteran of the voting committee Peter Finney Sr., from the New Orleans Times-Picayune, said. “Remember, Vince Lombardi and Bill Walsh didn’t get in in their first year.”

January 25, 2003
Rice great catch for Oakland
Peter Finney

When he left the 49ers after the 2000 season, rather than retire in red and gold, he opted for a new life as a free agent in silver and black. It’s a life that produced 92 catches this year, raising his career total to 1,456, which is 506 more than the previous record holder, Art Monk of the Redskins.

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