The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

May 2, 2006

Ira Miller

Filed under: Voter Articles — DjTj @ 12:56 pm

Ira Miller has been a Hall of Fame football reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle for nearly 29 years.  He is retiring this year, but he has been a strong supporter of Art Monk over the years.

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The San Francisco Chronicle
January 26, 1992
Rypien master of the super pass
Ira Miller

Washington's three wide receivers, Art Monk, Gary Clark and Ricky Sanders, share the spotlight, but all would be a star by himself on almost any other team.

Monk, who is approaching many of the League's career receiving records, is a strong possession receiver who can almost always get open and, even if he can't, can out-fight most defenders for the ball.

Clark is the team's quick, deep threat, the man Rypien most often looks for in routes to the corner. This season, Clark averaged 19.1 yards a catch, and scored touchdowns on passes coverig 82, 75, 65, 61, 54, 50, 49, 41 and 38 yards.

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The Dallas Morning News  
January 27, 1996 
HALL MARKS; Five Cowboys have impressive credentials for Hall of Fame
Bill Nichols

"Super Bowls are taken into account a lot," said Ira Miller of the San Francisco Chronicle. "I'm not sure they might not be given too much weight. If you look back, too many players from past Super Bowl teams have been put in because of their Super Bowl association."

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Florida Times-Union
November 18, 2004 
Jags WR stats call for hall?; Smith has been hot, but likely needs more catches, Super Bowl trip to join list of NFL's finest
Vito Stellino

Miller said he wouldn't vote for Smith.

"Every selection meeting for the last several years, we've been discussing wide receivers, and you can't be mesmerized by stats," Miller said. "If you just went by the stats, you wouldn't have to vote."

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The San Francisco Chronicle
December 18, 2005
A strong class; Aikman, White, Dean, Guy among the deserving in Hall vote
Ira Miller

Michael Irvin: You can almost trace the end of the Dallas dynasty to the day Irvin sustained a career-ending injury. Yet it's hard to put him in the Hall of Fame ahead of Art Monk, Bob Hayes or Cliff Branch, and Irvin hurt himself with many voters with his recent arrest on drug charges, which indicates to many he hasn't reformed.

Art Monk: Considered by some a numbers guy, but he piled up those numbers on three teams that won the Super Bowl with three different quarterbacks. His time is overdue.

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The San Francisco Chronicle
February 4, 2006
Hall voting needs to be as open as the discussion
Ira Miller

It's an honor to be chosen for the Pro Football Hall of Fame or even to be one of the 39 people who vote for it, but it's also such a secret society that no one knows what the vote totals are, let alone who votes for whom.

That secrecy is at the heart of a controversy among voters, who find themselves swamped with e-mails sent by irate fans, many of them in Washington and Dallas, complaining about Redskins and Cowboys who have not been elected.

Although the full committee generally goes along with the senior recommendations, election is far from automatic. As recently as two years ago, Dallas receiver Bob Hayes, whose speed helped revolutionize the game, was voted down.

Hayes is not on the ballot this year. But Washington's Art Monk, who played on three Super Bowl winners, is, and he and Hayes have been the key names that instigate the barrage of e-mail from Dallas and Washington fans.

The 39-man selection committee includes one media representative from each NFL franchise city except New York (which gets two representatives because it has two teams), six at-large members and the president of the Pro Football Writers of America. The group will begin meeting at 4:30 a.m. PST and reduce the ballot from 15 to 10, then from 10 to 6, in a series of votes.

The final six are voted on individually, needing at least 80 percent, or 32 of the 39 votes, for election. If fewer than three receive 80 percent, however, the three highest vote-getters will be enshrined.

Voting totals never are made public, not even to the voters. Some on the committee, including your correspondent, have campaigned for a more transparent voting procedure, especially since the secrecy of the voting seems to defeat the purpose of discussing the nominees openly in a meeting.

But Hall of Fame officials, who make the decisions concerning the rules, have resisted any attempt to open the procedure — or even to announce vote totals. They reason that they want all the Hall of Famers treated equally, a goal they believe would not be met if it were known who got the most votes and who got the fewest.

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