A great entry on Art Monk from another blog:
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.