There is a poll on the SI.com NFL page with Michael Irvin vs. Art Monk for the Hall of Fame: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/
This was because Peter King wrote in his mailbag today that he would reconsider his position on Art Monk. I will temporarily move Peter King to the status of “Maybe No” while he tries to make up his mind…
Sports Illustrated SI.com
Monday Morning Quarterback Tuesday Edition
What about these guys? Readers get chance to argue for their HOF candidates
Tuesday June 6, 2006
Now on to other e-mails. And this is a big surprise: I got 16 million pieces of mail saying Art Monk should be in.
ART MONK TIME. From Steve Woods of Houston: “In response to your list of 10 players left out of the Hall of Fame, I have my own list (which I know you won’t agree with):
1) Art Monk.
2) Art Monk.
3) Art Monk.
4) Art Monk.
You get my drift, and yes, I am a biased die-hard ‘Skins fan. Monk had 940 career receptions, 12,000 career yards, with three Super Bowls rings. I think the presence of John Riggins on the goal line is a big reason why he didn’t have quite as many touchdowns as you would have thought, given his other stats, although he does have more than several receivers already in, such as Stallworth and Swann. The guy was a tremendous player, who, in my opinion, was the heart and soul of the offense for much of the ’80s. You can’t do any more than that. It sure does seem like you have some sort of bias against the ‘Skins, and Monk in particular, in recent years. I don’t understand that. Are you a Cowboys fan?!? Please say it isn’t so.”
Ain’t so. I’m a fan of no football team. You may be interested to know that I am going to rethink my position on Monk this year. I don’t want to be so stuck in the mud on this issue that I close my mind to the possibility that I’m wrong and that Monk really does belong. So I’m going to sit down with Joe Gibbs when I see the Redskins this summer and try to soak in what the Monk side believes I am missing. A lot of people I respect tell me I’m dead wrong on Monk — Len Shapiro, Mike Wilbon among them, plus quieter ones with close ties to the Hall. So I’ll rethink my position and let you know what I come up with.