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