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).
August 17, 2006
John Riggins vs. Art Monk
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
August 10, 2006
Sonny Jurgensen vs. Art Monk
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.