The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

August 4, 2006

Three HOF voters with Art Monk on their minds…

Filed under: Voter Articles — DjTj @ 1:20 am

Sports Illustrated
August 3, 2006
Who Will the Hall Call Next?
Peter King

I won’t bore you with the different names and my opinion on them. But with only one probable Hall of Famer who is new on this year’s ballot — offensive lineman Bruce Matthews — it’s a good year to correct a lot of the injustices of the last few years. It’s time for Michael Irvin to get in; he was an irreplaceable part of a three-time Super Bowl champion. Thurman Thomas should be in because he and Jim Kelly took an offense of above-average talent to four straight AFC titles. Those are the only two locks in my ballot box next February when we vote in Miami, but I would like to see Andre Tippett — who had 100 sacks while fending off tight ends on the strong side on a bad New England defense — get a fair hearing.

As for all you Art Monk fans out there? Here’s a little tidbit for you. I’m going to reconsider my stance on Monk. The Washington Post’s Len Shapiro, who I respect a lot, made a great point to me after last year’s vote. I was strongly pro-Harry Carson because I thought one of the five best run-stoppers in history should have his place in Canton. And obviously there are no stats for run-stoppers. Shapiro said to me that Monk did for the Redskins what Carson did for the Giants — as a leader, a player and a totally unselfish piece to Washington’s championship puzzle. So as I go through this season, I’m asking questions of people I respect who either played against or coached against Monk. If I’m wrong in my stance against him, I’ll admit it.   

USA Today
August 3, 2006
Carson’s Hall of Fame call on hold until this year
Jarrett Bell

Wright realizes he isn’t the first to have his patience tested. Former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Lynn Swann was a finalist 14 times before elected; former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Carl Eller was a 13-time finalist.

“You wonder what’s going on,” Wright said. “Mel Renfro (his former teammate) was up 12 times. Art Monk has been up for years. Sometimes things work out, sometimes they don’t. But life goes on.”

The Devnver Post
August 3, 2006
Smith Playing the Fame Game
Mike Klis

“The receiver position is just so congested,” said NFL analyst John Clayton of ESPN, who has a Hall of Fame vote. “It seems like this is the second instance where it’s gotten backed up. It got backed up when John Stallworth and Lynn Swann were banging each other and taking votes away from each other. That resulted in taking Swann (14) years to get in. Now we’re having one in Art Monk and Michael Irvin, two guys who I feel deserve to go in.”

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