The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

May 4, 2006

Ira Kaufman

Filed under: Voter Articles — DjTj @ 11:04 am

This blog is currently canvassing the Hall of Fame voters to find their opinions of Art Monk.  Ira Kaufman is a "Probably Yes," so with 30 of 39 voters profiled, the current count is:

4 No; 12 Yes; 14 Unknown/Maybe

Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune has been covering the NFL for a long time, but he is a relative newcomer to the Hall of Fame voting process, joining the committee in 2005.  Last year, he voted for Art Monk in the cut from 15 to 10.

United Press International
November 22, 1982
New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins
Ira Kaufman

Theismann tossed scoring passes of 1 yard to Otis Wonsley and 39 yards to Charlie Brown, John Riggins added a 3-yard TD and Mark Moseley kicked second-half field goals of 37 and 29 yards as the Redskins won their sixth straight dating back to last season.

''Our offensive unit has a lot of confidence right now,'' said Art Monk, who caught 6 passes for 42 yards. ''Coach (Joe) Gibbs has instilled in us the killer instinct, the drive that keeps us going. It also helps that Joe's been on the mark all year.''

United Press International
January 9, 1984
San Francisco 49ers vs. Washington Redskins
Ira Kaufman

Wright was flagged 27 yards for interfering with a Joe Theismann pass intended for Art Monk but officials played another pivotal role three plays later. On third-and-five from the 13, Theismann threw incomplete for Alvin Garrett, but All-Pro cornerback Ronnie Lott was whistled for holding Charlie Brown — giving Washington a first down on the 8-yard line.

Monk, at 6-foot-3 and 209 pounds one of the biggest receivers in the NFL, felt the flag against Wright was sweet vindication.

''I definitely thought the penalty should have been called — in fact, I jumped up and pointed at Wright and almost hit the official in the face with my hand,'' said Monk. ''Then I saw the flag on the ground back up the field. It was justice.''

United Press International
January 21, 1984
Super Bowl Preview
Ira Kaufman

Washington relies on the passing of Theismann to Art Monk and Charlie Brown and the power running of workhorse fullback John Riggins on offense. Brown burned the Raiders for 180 yards on 11 receptions in the first game while Riggins, a 6-foot-2, 240-pounder who was named the Most Valuable Player in last year's Super Bowl, set an NFL record with 24 touchdowns this season.

United Press International
January 25, 1988
Super Bowl Thumbnails
Ira Kaufman

81-Art Monk, wide receiver, 6-3, 209, 8th, Syracuse. Expected back after rehabilitation from knee problems. Has averaged 77 receptions per season since 1984, when he set an NFL record with 106 catches. Nicknamed ''Money'' for his outstanding play in the clutch.

Tampa Tribune
February 6, 2005
Rookie Gets First Taste Of Process
Ira Kaufman

My first session as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's board of selectors was both riveting and challenging.

Heeding the advice of my predecessor, Tom McEwen, I kept my mouth shut as the rookie in a room of 38 fellow judges.

I was struck by the thoroughness of the 15 presentations — and stunned that it took so long for senior nominees Benny Friedman and Fritz Pollard to have their day in front of the committee.

When the presentations were completed, I quickly realized you could make a compelling case for all 15.

Comparisons were difficult, if not impossible.

How do you choose between a Hog (Redskins guard Russ Grimm) and a greyhound like Derrick Thomas, the late Kansas City linebacker who made a living sacking and stripping quarterbacks like few players before or since.

Tampa Tribune
February 5, 2006
Hall Of Fame Voting A Daunting Task
Ira Kaufman

In my judgment, there were at least six other candidates more deserving, but I voted for Carson once he reached the final group because he was a very good player for a long period of time.

In reducing the field from 15 to 10, my ballot listed Aikman, Madden, Moon, White, guard Russ Grimm, wide receiver Michael Irvin, guard Bob Kuechenberg, wide receiver Art Monk, running back Thurman Thomas and tackle Gary Zimmerman.

My first cut eliminated Carson, Wright, linebacker Derrick Thomas and defensive ends L.C. Greenwood and Claude Humphrey.

But when the list of 10 was announced, Carson, Wright and Humphrey were still standing while Grimm, Monk and Zimmerman failed to survive.


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