The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

August 29, 2006

The Orange & Brown Report Looks Ahead…

Filed under: News — DjTj @ 7:17 pm

A Browns writer evaluates the chances of Gene Hickerson, which really highlights the roadblocks that still stand in Art’s way:

Aug 29, 2006
Gene Hickerson: One Step to Go
Rich Passan

One would think that Sanders, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, and Hickerson would be a lock for election. But when one scans the list of modern-era players, it might cause a furrowed eyebrow or two.

Up for consideration are such luminaries as Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas, Dallas wide receiver Michael Irvin (who should have been elected last year), late Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas (ditto), Washington Redskins wide receiver Art Monk, Pittsburgh Steelers center Dermontti Dawson, Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Bob Kuechenberg and Minnesota Vikings/Denver Broncos offensive lineman Gary Zimmerman.

First-year eligibles include Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans offensive lineman Bruce Matthews and outgoing National Football League Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

Thomas, Irvin, Matthews and Tagliabue will get strong consideration for certain. And Monk, one of the all-time great receivers in the game, has been ignored too long.

Bear in mind that there is no guarantee the electors will choose a class of six. Until this past year, when six men were enshrined, the Hall of Fame had gone four straight years with five or less inductees (five each in 2002 and 2003; four each in 2004 and 2005).

So you can see why Hickerson’s election will not be a slam dunk.

The Donnybrook weighs in…

Filed under: News — DjTj @ 7:13 pm

A great entry on Art Monk from another blog:

The Donnybrook
August 26, 2006
Where’s the Justice?

Here are two lines of two former NFL Wide Receivers…

a. 336 catches, 5,462 yards, 51 touchdowns, never had 1,000 yards, best season: 61 catches for 880 yards, only twice 50 or more catches

b. 940 catches, 12,721 yards, 68 touchdowns, five 1,000-yard seasons, 6 seasons over 70 catches

Care to guess which line belongs to an NFL Hall of Famer?

If you guessed b, you all logic says you are right but logic does not seem to count with the NFL Hall of Fame voters because the answer is a.

The a. line belongs to Lynn Swann while the b line belongs to Art Monk who inexplicably is not in the Hall of Fame. Monk not being in the Hall of Fame makes about as much sense as giving Mike Tyson a Nobel Peace Prize.

Look at what the guy did during his career. Not only was he steady, but for a few years in the mid 80s he was the game’s best receiver. He was the first person to catch 900 passes and in 1984, he broke the single-season record for catches with 106. Before Jerry Rice came along, Monk also held the record for most consecutive games with at least one catch at 183. That means he was good enough to get open in over 100 straight games and catch a pass. As of now, he has more catches than any other receiver in the Hall of Fame? And yet he is not a Hall of Famer? Talk about a crime.


August 25, 2006

HOF Senior Candidates

Filed under: News, Voter Articles — DjTj @ 9:55 pm

The two senior committee candidates for the Hall of Fame were announced this week.  They are Cleveland Browns guard Gene Hickerson and Detroit Lions tight end Charlie Sanders.

They are not perhaps the biggest names in football, but they were both solid players.  The good news for Art Monk is that neither of them are wide receivers, and neither player will command any huge push that would take attention away from Art Monk’s candidacy.

Senior committee nominees almost always make it, but if for some reason one of these guys doesn’t, that would of course open up a spot for Art.  Dr. Z doesn’t seem to think much of these nominees, but this blog of course doesn’t have that much respect for Mr. Zimmerman’s opinion.

Sports Illustrated
August 25, 2006
More Mailbag
Dr. Z

Lance of Hampton, Va., wants my take on the recent choices for the two Hall of Fame seniors candidates. I lobbied hard for Clark Shaughnessy, the old coach and inventor of the modern T-formation. My second choice was Cliff Harris. Neither one made it, as you know. Gene Hickerson was a good guard but not as good as the Dolphins’ Bob Kuechenberg, who gets stiffed year after year. Charlie Sanders was an effective tight end but not as good as Todd Christensen, who can’t even make it to the finals. And that’s my take.

August 24, 2006

Other Bloggers on Monk

Filed under: News — DjTj @ 8:19 pm

The 323
August 22, 2006
Wide Receiver University

My Selection – Syracuse (Marvin Harrison, Rob Moore, Art Monk, Kevin Johnson, Qadry Ismail)

Perhaps a suprising selection, but the bottom line is that Syracuse was the only school to boast two hall of fame caliber WR who played in the last 20 seasons. For me, excellence is enough to overcome a relative lack of depth. Marvin Harrison is really quite remarkable. He has posted 7 straight 1000 yard seasons (second only to Cris Carter among players from these schools). Played in 7 consecutive pro bowls. And has topped 1400 yards 4 times (Mike Irvine only did it twice, and Carter never accomplioshed the feat). Art Monk, has also posted mind boggling numbers when you consider that he played in the era before the Bill Walsh led passing revolution really occurred. Monk had 5 1000 yard seasons, played in 3 pro bowls, and was one of the two most important players on 2 super bowl champions. Really, this duo is so awesome that had Syracuse not produced a single other reciever they would have been good enough to get them ito the top 4. Speaking of other WR, while not on the level of Harrison and Monk, Syracuse has produced one other pro bowler (Rob Moore), and two other solid contributors (Kevin Johnson and Qadry Ismail). Moore has posted 3 1000 yard seasons, including one where he topped 1500 yards. Both Johnson and Ismail have had 1000 yard seasons, and they compare favorably to some of the depth recievers from the other contending schools (Price and McGee at TN, Johnson and Perriman at Miami, Boston and Glenn at OSU). 

Redskins Legends
August 17, 2006
John Riggins vs. Art Monk
Dan Hargett

Isn’t this like choosing between your mom and your dad at a custody hearing? It’s near heresy to pick one over the other. In fact, it would be easier to choose between prime rib and lasagna for one’s last meal. But that’s another segment all together. So at this point, if you are true Redskins fan, you can (sorry for the cliché) throw all the statistics and pro bowls and charity events out the window and get down to brass tacks. Riggins has one Super Bowl ring, Monk three. Riggins has a Super Bowl MVP, Monk does not. Riggins is in the Hall of Fame. Monk is not. On the biggest stage of all, the playoffs, Riggins ran for more than 100 yards in six consecutive games, including a Super Bowl-record (at the time 166 yards) in Super Bowl 17. The Redskins were 6-0 in those games. Monk had four 100-yard receiving performances in the playoffs, but the Redskins were 1-3 in those games. In our final analysis, Riggins was the ultimate Alpha dog. He carried his teams upon shoulders of granite on the biggest stage when the stakes were the highest. He led, and the team followed him to the mountaintop. Monk was steady and consistent in his greatness, but did not possess the leadership or power of personality of Riggins. So Riggins takes the tape by a step at the finish line. Sorry Art. We still think you belong in the Hall of Fame

Redskins Legends
August 10, 2006
Sonny Jurgensen vs. Art Monk
Dan Hargett

Sonny Jurgensen had one of the greatest arms in NFL history and used it to throw for 255 career touchdowns and more than 32,000 yards. Although his one chance to play for a championship was thwarted by injury during the Redskins run to Super Bowl VII, he is likely the most popular ex-Redskin roaming the planet. His ebullient personality has earned him carte blanche in the D.C. area for most of the past 30 years. Art Monk, who has been wrongfully left out of the Hall of Fame, once held the two most important receiving records (receptions in a single season – 106, in 1984, and career receptions – 940) at separate points during a 16-year career. Although he missed Super Bowl 17 with an injury and had forgettable performance in two others (Super Bowls 18 and 22), he was a star in Super Bowl 26 and, nevertheless, owns three Super Bowl rings. The slight edge here has to go to Monk – if not for the records, then for the rings.

August 15, 2006

Rod Smith speaks out

Filed under: News — DjTj @ 10:08 pm

August 15, 2006
Nine Nuggets: Plummer Feeling the Heat
Adam Schein

“Please don’t get me started on Art Monk. Can someone please explain to be how he isn’t in the Hall of Fame? It’s just wrong. Does someone have something against him? All those catches, a class guy, a true winner, come on!”

It was a passionate, and accurate, belief from Rod Smith.

August 11, 2006

Buges weighs in … and some laughs

Filed under: News — DjTj @ 9:16 am

Hampton Roads Daily Press
August 11, 2006
Rookie Lefotu’s Condition Improves
Melinda Waldrop

Joe Bugel, who oversaw the building of the Hogs from 1981-89, is upset that another Hogless class entered the NFL Hall of Fame last week. But that’s not his biggest beef with Hall voters.

“Art Monk played a lot of years and was a heck of a football player,” Bugel said.

Monk played for 16 seasons, amassing 12,721 yards and 68 touchdowns on 940 catches. His 940 receptions stood as the all-time career record until Jerry Rice surpassed that standard in 1995, and he retired with the single-season receptions record (106), as well as the mark for most consecutive games with a catch (183).

Kissing Suzy Kolber
August 11, 2006
You Can Be a Hall of Famer!
big daddy drew

In fact, if you’re not nice to the media, that clearly makes you a crummy player. Why, just look at Art Monk! Monk refrained from talking to the media during his career in Washington, so maybe he wasn’t such a good player after all! Right, Dr. Z?

Catching 800 eight-yard hooks does not make a Hall of Famer.

It’s so true! Even though Monk averaged 13.5 yards per catch during his career, his total dickheadedness to the media totally knocks that average down 5.5 yards! So you see? All you have to do is play your cards right with the group of slovenly, pathetic asswipes who are arbitrarily assigned as gatekeepers to the Hall, and you’re a shoo-in! That’s how Frank Caliendo got in last week! So I’ve created this to-do list that will help me curry favor with some particular Hall voters. Wish me luck, not that I’ll be needing it!

Michael Wilbon, Washington Post – Send naked photos of Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley; complimentary VIP passes to the Deja Vu club in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Discuss various topics through the complex prism that we call “race”. Agree with him that liking the NFL Draft is totally stupid, even though millions of people like the NFL Draft and harm no one by doing so.

Paul Zimmerman, Sports Illustrated – Send case of Yellow Tail Shiraz, mustache trimmer, sample colostomy bag kit, bondage photos of Flaming Redhead.

Peter King, Sports Illustrated – Offer to take down dull, non-salacious photos of daughter on website. Send free DVD of “House”, plus copies of “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Bowling for Columbine,” and anything else that appeals to self-absorbed, surburban liberal dipshits. Oh, and two True Miguel Tejada foul balls.

Sid Hartman, Minneapolis Star Tribune – Send year’s supply of Kellogg’s All Bran.

Ron Borges, Boston Globe – Send pictures of naked 8-year-old boys and clown suit.

Bernie Miklasz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – Send the severed testicles of Rams team president John Shaw; case of pistachios.

John Clayton, ESPN – Buy drinks, tell him that the rest of the 48 contiguous states also fucking hate Sean Salisbury.

Jerrett Bell, USA Today – Send copy of Strunk & White.

Len Pasquarelli, – Send entire hotel pan of clams casino, plus day-old caesar salad.

See you in Canton next summer. My wife will be inducting me.

August 9, 2006

Thoughts from Washington and Dallas Voters

Filed under: Voter Articles — DjTj @ 9:21 am

Washington Post
August 7, 2006
The Chat House
Michael Wilbon

Brooklyn, N.Y.: In your opinion, who are the greatest athletes who will never make the Hall of Fame in their respective sports? For me, it’s Bo Jackson, Darryl Strawberry and Shawn Kemp.

Michael Wilbon: They wouldn’t make my list at all. Jim Rice. Go look up his stats. Rice, Ron Santo, Don Mattingly, Buck O’Neil of the Negro Leagues. I can’t think of any in pro basketball, because all the greats get in. And in football, there are tons, starting with Art Monk…The list is too long in pro football, which is harder to analyze…

Washington, D.C.: Speaking of Art Monk … recently read where Peter King has decided to switch his stance on getting Monk into the Hall.

Any chance it will happen next year or are there still sportswriters that need convincing??

Michael Wilbon: I just don’t know because I don’t know how many people are voting thumbs down on Monk. Peter makes his public, but not everybody does.

Dallas Morning News
August 8, 2006
From the 50: WR’s Caught in Hall Jam
Rick Gosselin

I feel for Michael Irvin. And Art Monk. And Drew Pearson. And Andre Reed. And just about anyone else who has lined up at wide receiver in the NFL over the last three decades.

As a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee, we seem to collectively have decided no wide receiver is worthy of Canton until Jerry Rice becomes eligible. We’ve lost sight of what greatness is.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame needs to define what a Hall of Fame wide receiver is for us. Is it the statistics? Is it the championships? Is it big plays in big games? Is it longevity? Is it consistency? Is it sizzle? What? The selection committee needs some guidance here.

If it’s statistics, Monk would be in. He set NFL records for most catches in a season (106) and career (940) before retiring after the 1995 season. He also played on three Super Bowl championship teams. He’s been a finalist for the Hall of Fame each of the last six years but has been voted down by the committee every time.

If it’s championships, Irvin would be in. He won three Super Bowls with the Cowboys in the 1990s as Troy Aikman’s go-to guy. He also has the stats. Despite a career shortened by a neck injury after 12 seasons, Irvin still ranks 13th on the all-time receiving list with 750 receptions. Irvin has been a finalist for the Hall the last two years but has been voted down both times.

If it’s big plays in big games, Pearson belongs. Remember the Hail Mary? Yet he’s never been a finalist.

If it’s longevity, Irving Fryar with 851 catches in 17 seasons ought to be in. He’s another guy who can’t get to the finals.

If it’s consistency, Reed belongs in. He played for the Buffalo Bills for 15 years and caught at least 50 passes in 13 of those seasons. He went to four Super Bowls and ranks fourth on the all-time receiving list with 951. But he’s another guy who has never been to the finals.

If it’s sizzle, Bob Hayes belongs. The nickname says it all – Bullet. But Hayes was voted down by the committee in his only appearance as a finalist in 2004.

The committee elected Lynn Swann in 2001, John Stallworth in 2002 and James Lofton in 2003. Now, for whatever reason, the tap has been turned off.

I’m not sure any of those three would be re-elected if they returned to the 2007 ballot. If 1990s inductees Tommy McDonald, Charlie Joiner and Steve Largent had to repeat the process in today’s climate, I doubt any of them would get in, either.

The selection committee seems to be waiting on Rice, which is not good news for Cris Carter and Tim Brown. Carter ranks second all-time with 1,101 catches and Brown third with 1,070. The stats may be there, but neither wears a championship ring. Carter never even played in a Super Bowl.

So what does a Hall of Fame receiver look like? The selection committee needs to figure that out very, very soon. The queue is getting backed up at the position.

August 6, 2006

Induction Day Blogs

Filed under: News — DjTj @ 10:48 pm

The Sports Eaters
August 6, 2006
A Work of Art
J.K. Petralia

Before anyone ever heard of Jerry Rice, he was breaking records. He caught 106 passes in 1984 – a record that stood strong for eight seasons. The true definition of an ironman (sorry Cal – you didn’t have to worry about linebackers/safeties trying to break you in half every game day), he caught passes in a record 183 consecutive games over some 11-12 years. I defy you to name any other wide receiver who led his team to four superbowls in his career – winning three of them – under three different quarterbacks. There simply are none. He never hesitated to catch the tough pass across the middle. He humbly accepted the dirty work without argument. He became the greatest wide received of all time in front of a national Monday night audience, October 12,1992. The three-time pro bowler had nine 50-reception seasons and retired as The Greatest of All Time with 940 grabs – a record he held for many years.

And here we are once again, for a fourth consecutive season, the great Art Monk is snubbed by the Hall of Fame Committee. What a shamockery. Is there any greater disgrace today in the hallowed halls of Canton? No. It’s absurd and ridiculous. As I peruse the 2006 class, most I can agree with – Aikman, Moon, White, Madden, and Wright (though this one I have somewhat of an issue with – can’t stand the Cowboys!). But what about Harry Carson??? Are you kidding me? A man best know for dumping gatorade on his coach and whining for many years for not getting in the Hall, he was not even the best linebacker on his own team! Actually, one could argue he was the third best behind LT (a definite Hall of Famer) and Carl Banks. He only went to one superbowl, btw. What else did this guy do? Sure he had one game with 25 tackles – not bad, but not Hall worthy – not over Art’s achievements, anyway.

Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs even says Monk’s enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame is long overdue. What can be done to address this injustice? Maybe Art should keep a sharpie in his sock when signing autographs or pour some gatorade on Gibbs to get more attention to himself? On second thought – that’s just not his style. Continue to be the humble man of integrity that you are, Art.

Once again, the New York hype-media machine blows things out of proportion; there is no way Harry Carson deserves to be in the Hall above Art, especially in a year when no other wide receivers were selected. And mark my words – the likes of Tim Brown, Chris Carter, and Jerry Rice will get in the Hall before Art does. These guys are all deserving too, but Art was the G.O.A.T. well before these guys made names for themselves.

Stand up and be heard, Skins fans! For that matter, all true NFL fans should pay notice to this black mark on the game! Vote for Art Monk, class of 2007 Hall of Fame!

Yahoo! Sports
August 6, 2006
Canton miss prospects
Charles Robinson

CANTON, Ohio – Maybe Norv Turner looks at Art Monk and frets over Michael Irvin’s Pro Football Hall of Fame fortunes. Maybe he knows now is the time for an impassioned push. Or maybe he just sees other supposed shoo-in candidates on the horizon – like Washington Redskins great Darrell Green – and cringes at the thought of who will go in first.

“There are a couple of corners that are going to be up here in the next several years,” Turner said, referring to Green’s candidacy in 2008 and Deion Sanders’ likely induction in 2010. “If they go in before Michael, it’s not right. Because they never covered him. If a guy goes and catches nine balls for 160 yards on you, you shouldn’t go in before him.

And thus, the campaigning for Irvin began in earnest Saturday, with Turner banging the first drum only moments after Troy Aikman’s induction speech. It’s a beat that will be heard in various cities around the nation, with the next batch of Hall of Fame candidates likely to stir some of the most rousing debates in recent memory – from the annual Art Monk campaign in Washington to the pushes for Thurman Thomas in Buffalo and Derrick Thomas in Kansas City.[Art Monk] played 16 NFL seasons, so he has the longevity thing working for him – and against him. In that span, Monk made the Pro Bowl only three times, which has been a major thorn in Hall of Fame voting, along with the fact that he produced five 1,000-yard seasons in that time and never caught more than eight touchdown passes in a regular season. His 68 total touchdowns aren’t amazing for the number of years he played, either. Then again, he played a fair number of years in “The Posse” – forming a trio with Gary Clark and Ricky Sanders (which led to passing yardage and touchdowns being thinned out on the Redskins). He has three Super Bowl rings (though an injury sidelined him in Super Bowl XVII), put up a good performance in Super Bowl XXVII (seven catches for 113 years) and finished his career as the all-time leader in receptions. Unfortunately for Monk, that record was shattered long ago by Jerry Rice. Will he get in next year? If it’s going to happen, this is a pivotal time – in what should be a weak class to contend with. But Monk has only made the top-10 cut once in the last three years (2005). If it doesn’t happen in 2007, it could be a while.

August 5, 2006
Induction Injustice

Even in a year when the class was maxed out with six inductions, the Bills could not break through. It is a real shame that talent like Reed and Thomas could not make it. Many consider the fact the Art Monk is not in directly changed Reeds fate.

August 5, 2006
Art Monk excluded again from HOF
F.T. Rea

Art Monk, a wide receiver drafted out of Syracuse in the first round in 1980 by the Washington Redskins, eventually finished his career in 1995 atop the NFL’s list for most receptions. He still ranks as No. 5 in that category. During his years with the Redskins he played on three Super Bowl-winning squads under Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs.

Of Monk‘s game, Gibbs said, “He was big, he was strong, and he was intelligent. He had everything. I can’t see how a receiver could be more valuable to a team.”

But the NFL’s Hall of Fame ceremony today is not honoring Art Monk, who has yet to be tapped to join his peers. Monk’s problem? He was a quiet, dutiful player who didn’t promote himself. He was a possession receiver and a great blocker, rather than a game-breaker. Monk simply played football in every game in a way that his teammates and his opponents, alike, respected. He was as stoic as Deion Sanders was loquacious.

Hall of Fame defensive back Ronnie Lott said, “Art Monk was an example for Jerry Rice. That’s what Jerry always told me. There’s nothing negative to say. He has the numbers, the catches, the championships. You have a Hall of Fame for all it represents. I know he represents all that it’s about: Integrity, love and passion for the game, community, what he gave back. Look how he conducted himself. Nobody I know deserves it more.”

The Shaun Kenney Website
August 5, 2006
SLANTblog: Art Monk excluded again from HOF
Shaun Kenney

I remember towards the disasterous Ritchie Petitbon experiment in 1993 that the Skins chose to bench (!) Art Monk because they were trying to put new recievers into the rotation.

Sure enough, us fans wouldn’t tolerate that, and when the cry of “We Want Monk” lasted long enough, Petitbon put Monk back into the game. Today, Redskins fans should take up the cry “We Want Monk” one last time… especially in the year we’re going to win the Super Bowl!

-=-=-=-=-=- Blog
August 5, 2006
Harry Carson Deserved Better

Carson was bitter about the whole process and i can’t say I blame him one bit. The way they select players are a joke and things need to be changed as soon as possible. Another player who has gotten the shaft in my opinion is Art Monk. He is a Hall worthy and should have been their on his first ballot.

August 5, 2006

How Can You Help?

Filed under: News — DjTj @ 12:37 pm

In the past week or so, the number of visitors to this site has skyrocketed.  Hopefully, some of you out there can help with this effort.

Right now, the Hall of Fame vote is still months away, but with the induction ceremony today, a lot of writers might be looking ahead to next year.  The most important thing to do right now is to gather information, and there are several voters for whom I have no idea which way they are voting.

Click on the ACTION ALERT in the right sidebar, and see the list of maybe and unknown voters.  If you have any information, please leave a comment!

Induction Day News

Filed under: News — DjTj @ 9:55 am

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
August 5, 2006
Monk’s Hall of Fame snub is inexcusable
Bob Matthews

This figures to be another sad day for Art Monk. The Pro Football Hall of Fame will induct six more members, and he won’t be among them.

Monk isn’t the only worthy player who continues to be snubbed by the shrine in Canton, Ohio, but he’s at the top of my list.

When Monk ended his career after the 1995 season, he was the NFL’s all-time leader in catches and catches in one season (106 in 1984). He earned three Super Bowl rings with the Washington Redskins and caught 69 passes for 1,062 yards and 7 touchdowns in 15 postseason games.

In the regular season, he had 940 receptions for 12,721 yards and 68 TDs, but those numbers aren’t as gaudy as they used to be because teams throw more in the current game. He should be judged against players of his era and not against the wide receivers who’ve capitalized on rules favoring the passing game.

After being selected No. 17 overall in the 1980 NFL college draft out of Syracuse University, Monk began his pro career as Washington’s deep threat. He later became one of the NFL’s all-time best possession receivers. He was fearless over the middle and did the dirty work to help the smaller “Smurfs” go deep. He also was one of the best blockers at his position.

By all accounts, Monk was a humble player who only reluctantly granted interviews. He did most of his talking on the field and in the locker room, where he was a respected team leader. I wonder if that has hurt him when writers meet at the Super Bowl to select Hall of Famers.

I believe Andre Reed of the Buffalo Bills deserves to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but not before Monk.

Inside Bay Area
August 5, 2006
Raiders Merit More Hall Passes
Carl Steward

-Nothing against Tim Brown’s qualifications, but there’s a large group of receivers in line in front of him: Art Monk, Michael Irvin, Andre Reed, Cris Carter, Rice and Henry Ellard. Best guess is to make your Timmy reservation for 2013.

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