The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

October 27, 2006

Preliminary nominees for Class of ‘07

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Pro Football Hall of Fame
October 27, 2006
111 on the Hall’s Nomination List of Modern-Era Preliminary Candidates for the Class of 2007

Offensive lineman Bruce Matthews and running back Terrell Davis are first-year eligible candidates among a list of 111 former players, coaches, and contributors who make up the preliminary list of modern-era nominees for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2007.
From this preliminary list of modern-era nominees, Hall of Fame selectors will choose 25 candidates who will advance as semi-finalist nominees. The list of 25 modern-era semifinalists will be announced later next month.

The 25 modern-era semifinalists list will be reduced by a mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists. The final list for Hall of Fame consideration will consist of 15 modern-era and two senior nominees. The two senior finalists, Gene Hickerson, a guard with the Cleveland Browns 1958-1960, 1962-1973, and Charlie Sanders, a tight end with the Detroit Lions, 1968-1977 were selected this past August by the Hall of Fame’s Senior Selection Committee.

This year marks the first time that the finalists list will number 17. Prior to this year, the finalist list was limited to 15 nominees, 13 modern-era and two senior candidates.

The Class of 2007 will be selected from the list of 17 finalists. The actual voting will be conducted at the Hall of Fame Selection Committee’s annual meeting, which will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, in Miami, Florida, the day before Super Bowl XLI. The election results will be announced immediately after the meeting at a press conference in the media headquarters. While there is no set number for any class of enshrinees, the ground rules provide that between three and six new members will be selected.    

Other first-year eligible candidates for the Class of 2007 include quarterback Randall Cunningham, running back Ricky Watters, guards Randall McDaniel and Steve Wisniewski, center Mark Stepnoski, and defensive backs Eric Allen, LeRoy Butler, and Carnell Lake.

Also on the impressive preliminary list are eight former head coaches, and 17 contributors, including NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and longtime team owners Bud Adams, Jerry Jones, Art Modell and Ralph Wilson.

To be considered for Hall of Fame election, a nominated player must have been retired at least five years. For a non-player, there is no mandatory retirement period, but a coach must be retired before he may be considered. A contributor, who is a nominee who has made outstanding contributions to pro football in capacities other than playing or coaching, may still be active in his pro football career.

Alphabetical list of nominees

Nominees by position

October 21, 2006

Art and the Syracuse Eight

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October 21, 2006
Thirty-six years later, school honors players’ anti-racism stand
By William Kates

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — In 1970, nine black Syracuse University football players became rebellious outcasts when they quit the team to protest racial injustice.Now, 36 years later, the university is officially recognizing them for their courageous stand. On Friday, they received Chancellor’s Medals, one of the university’s highest honors. Chancellor Nancy Cantor called the men “emblematic of the values we want for our students and for ourselves when we face critical issues of justice and equality.”On Saturday, former National Football League star Art Monk, a 1980 Syracuse alumnus, gave them their long-denied letterman jackets at a halftime ceremony during the Syracuse-Louisville football game.Art Monk, one of the NFL’s all-time leading receivers and a member of three Super Bowl winners with Washington, sheepishly admitted that until last fall, he did not know the men’s story. Monk attended Syracuse from 1976-1980. He is now on the university’s board of trustees and helped gain university recognition for the former players.Monk, deeply moved by their story, said their accomplishments make a larger statement than any record he set in sports.“We have a false impression in this society as to what success really means,” he said. “Today, (young people) see success as glamour, money, possessions, cars and houses, and really those things aren’t worth anything. What really matters is the character of the person, your integrity, the standards that you live by.”-=-=-=-=-=-
SU Athletics
October 20, 2006
‘Syracuse Eight’ Press Conference Transcript

Art Monk

“Good afternoon. I’m not sure who is more excited about being here today, them or me. It’s really an honor to be here and participate in this. What impresses me most about these guys is that not only were they great athletes, but they were great men of character. They went on to graduate and make sure they took care of their studies. They also went on to become successful businessmen in their respective communities. So we are here today to recognize and to honor all of them, these men known as the Syracuse 8. They stood against racial injustice that took place here back in 1970. More importantly, we are here to mend and to restore a broken relationship that took place at that time between them and the University. Thirty-six years ago they boycotted because they were treated differently than their fellow teammates, their white teammates. Because of their stand and sacrifice, they lost the opportunity to finish their collegiate careers and any opportunity they had to go on and play professional football. We are not here to look back to drudge up the past to make the University look bad. We want to remember the past so we that we can affectively go on and celebrate our future. That future is now because what was once their loss is now our gain. What was once their loss was something that I benefited from when I came six years later. It is something that current players now take for granted, freedoms that they now are benefiting from because of what the Syracuse 8 stood for. So we are honored again to serve them in this capacity. What we are doing does not just end today or with what will take place tomorrow. We want to make sure what they stood for and the sacrifices they made for all of us are remembered for generations to come.”

October 20, 2006

Hall of Fame puts receivers in a delay pattern

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The Buffalo News
October 20, 2006
Hall of Fame puts receivers in a delay pattern
Mark Gaughan

Question: Since you’re on the Hall of Fame voters committee, do you have any picks or insight into who are some of the front-runners for the class of 2007? – Mike Bourg, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Answer: Thurman Thomas was very close to getting elected last year in his first year of eligibility. Nothing is ever a lock when it comes to Hall of Fame voting, but Thomas should get elected this year. The top first-year eligible player probably is Oilers offensive lineman Bruce Matthews. The top candidates of those who made the final 15 last year are Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin, Redskins receiver Art Monk and Chiefs pass rusher Derrick Thomas. The two senior candidates are Lions tight end Charlie Sanders and Browns guard Gene Hickerson. Sanders is a lock in my eyes. Hickerson is deserving, but I think Dolphins guard Bob Kuechenberg is more deserving. We’ll see how that plays out.

The voters continue to be reluctant to vote for contributors, but Ralph Wilson should be in the Hall. He has stood up for everything that is right in the game and arguably been the conscience of the NFL for his entire 47-year career. Hopefully he can get to the final 15 again. Andre Reed is a Hall of Famer. But receivers generally take longer to get in than other positions. I get lots of e-mails from Bills fans about Steve Tasker. A strong case can be made for him as the best special teams player ever. But I have to push for Wilson, Thomas and Reed ahead of Tasker. Only one special teamer (Jan Stenerud) ever has made the Hall. Tasker probably has to wait awhile to have a more serious shot at the final 15.

October 12, 2006

Fourteen Years Ago Today…

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Art Monk became the all-time NFL leader in receptions:

Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette
October 12, 2006
Today In Sports

1992 – Art Monk of the Washington Redskins becomes the NFL’s career receptions leader when he catches a 10-yard sideline pass in the fourth quarter of a 34-3 victory over Denver. Monk’s seven catches move him past former Seattle star Steve Largent, who retired after the 1989 season with 819 receptions.

Patriots Football Weekly
October 10, 2006
Ask PFW: Patriots Nation Answers Shawn Frazier
Tom Casale

I was having a discussion with a friend of mine when the WR Hall of Fame question came up. Why is that Art Monk is unable to get in though he was outstanding in his days. Also, of the current generation – what are the chances of Marvin Harrison, Hines Ward, Terrell Owens and Randy Moss?
Kalyan Chatrati

Can you imagine these last two e-mails came in back-to-back? What are the chances of that happening? I think it’s a joke that Art Monk isn’t in the Hall of Fame. That’s what happens when you shut your mouth and just play football. I used to be a big Michael Irvin fan back in the day but if he gets in over Monk, there should be an investigation in my opinion. Art Monk deserves to be in the Hall and it’s a shame that he isn’t.

Out of the guys you mentioned, Harrison is the one lock. He’s in for sure. Then I would put Moss second. He still has quite a few years left and he should be near the top of the list in every major receiving record before he’s done, unless he plays the next five years in Oakland. Then, he’s in trouble. I would say Harrison for sure, Moss most likely and no to Ward and Owens. Ward will probably end up like Monk where he’s close for years and never gets in. No way those guys vote Owens into the Hall of Fame and quite frankly, I don’t think he’s done enough to warrant being there. Those are just my thoughts but if I had a vote, I wouldn’t vote for Owens and that has nothing to do with his off-field problems. I just don’t think he deserves to be in. His numbers are comparable to Moss’ numbers right now but Moss has more years left to play and will leave T.O. in the dust before it’s all said and done.
-Tom Casale

October 5, 2006

Dr. Z gets a head start on snubbing Monk

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Sports Illustrated
October 5, 2006
Tough Call for the Hall
Paul Zimmerman

Wide Receivers
They’re lining up four deep. There are 13 of them, and more will come from year to year because the numbers will be overwhelming, almost meaningless after a while. I have four names penciled in: Harold Carmichael, Henry Ellard, Michael Irvin and Andre Reed. If I’d have to predict which one will go all the way, I’d say Irvin. Art Monk again will provide spirited debate, for those of us who manage to remain awake throughout this old reprise. Please, Redskins fans, no e-mails at this particular time. Save ‘em for January.

October 3, 2006

Harrison passes Monk on all-time yardage list

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Titans vs. Colts
October 2, 2006
Colts Public Relations

WR-Marvin Harrison 

He was 6-94 vs. Jacksonville 9/24.  He was 7-79 at NYJ 10/1, surpassing WR-Andre Reed (951) for the 4th-most NFL receptions and Monk (12,721) for 9th-place in NFL career reception yards.

October 1, 2006

Joe Morris Likes Art Monk

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Humble Morris Returns to Syracuse for Honor
September 30, 2006
Scott Pitoniak

Despite playing on some mediocre Orange teams, Morris still managed to average 113 rushing yards per game.

“We may not have had the kind of success we would have liked to have had as a team, but I was fortunate to have played with some extremely talented players,” he said.

“We had guys like Art Monk, who I believe belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and Craig Wolfley, who became an outstanding guard for the Pittsburgh Steelers. And we had some great coaches back then, too.”

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