The Sports Eaters
August 6, 2006
A Work of Art
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!
August 6, 2006
Canton miss prospects
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.
Mind of JAKEBETT!
August 5, 2006
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
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
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!
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.