The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

March 30, 2006

Vinny DiTrani

Filed under: Voter Articles — DjTj @ 12:09 am

Vinny DiTrani is the longtime Giants beat writer for the Bergen Record of New Jersey.  He once helped a controversial candidate, Lawrence Taylor, reach the Hall of Fame on the first ballot.  He hasn't written much about Art Monk, so it's hard to tell how he might be voting.

Bergen Record
December 22, 1996
Novacek Gamble May Help 'Boys
Vinny DiTrani

RFK Stadium, where Gibbs enjoyed so much success, will host its
final game today. While it has become a somewhat dilapidated facility,
RFK nevertheless is one of the best places for watching a game in the
NFL. The fans are on top of the action, and the noise sometimes is as
great as any generated in a domed stadium.

To honor their longtime home (originally named DC Stadium but
changed to honor the late Robert F. Kennedy), the Redskins will have a
reunion of the greats who wore the burgundy uniform. Among those
expected to attend are Doug Williams, Sonny Jurgensen, John Riggins, Art
Monk, Gary Clark, Bobby Mitchell, Charley Taylor, Monte Coleman, and Jim

Bergen Record
December 13, 1997
Showdown in the Meadowlands; Giants-Redskins Could Be Another Classic
Vinny DiTrani

Maybe the weather won't be as brutal as it was, say, for the 1986
NFC championship game. And maybe the teams aren't as talented as they
were when Bill Parcells and Joe Gibbs coached them during that
remarkable period. But for two teams that have missed the playoff
excitement in recent years, this game will mean as much as any of the
previous battles meant to Lawrence Taylor or Phil Simms or Dexter Manley
or Art Monk.

Boston Herald
February 3, 2002
Not-ready-for-shrine time – Coach doesn't fit Bill, yet
Kevin Mannix

Vinny DiTrani of the Bergen (N.J.) Record is a member of the Hall of Fame Board of Selectors and a close friend of Parcells. He made the nomination comments for Parcells both yesterday and last year.

"He got to the final six this year because a lot more people realize that he is going to coach any more," said DiTrani who believes Parcells will be enshrined next year. "I said last year that I wasn't sure he wouldn't coach again but (yesterday) I said I was positive that he's out of coaching. I don't think he wants to go through the midweek preparation anymore. He doesn't like the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday part of coaching."

DiTrani, who used the term "unequivocal" to describe Parcells' decision to remain out of coaching.

"To me the most surprising part of the process is that there was no negative stuff about him," Zimmerman said. "The people who are against him held their tongues about their feelings. The comments in the room were all actually positive about him."

After the initial voting, Oakland punter Ray Guy, Browns-Ravens owner Art Modell and Steeler defensive back Donnie Shell were eliminated. When the field went from 11 to six, Giants linebacker Harry Carson, Steelers defensive lineman L.C. Greenwood, Raiders defensive back Lester Hayes, Bills-Packers wide receiver James Lofton and Redskins receiver Art Monk were all eliminated.

Bergen Record
January 5, 2006
Panthers receiver 'the Man'
Vinny DiTrani

The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Smith is Carolina's one-man-show answer to the Giants' Tiki Barber. He became the NFL's first receiving "triple crown" winner since Green Bay's Sterling Sharpe in 1992 by leading in receptions with 103, yards with 1,563 and touchdowns with 12. He had nearly as many catches as the next four Panthers receivers combined (107). He became the first player since Washington's Art Monk in 1984 to lead the league in receptions playing for a team that ran the ball more than passed it.

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