The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

November 30, 2006

Charean Williams

Filed under: Voter Articles — DjTj @ 12:31 am

Michael Wilbon is leaving the HOF voting committee, which means one less vote for Art Monk.  His at-large vote will be taken by Len Shapiro, however, who is also a strong supporter of Monk.  Len Shapiro’s vote as the Washington representative will be assumed by David Elfin of the Washington Times, another strong supporter of Monk.  Elfin’s spot as the PFWA representative will be taken by Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

As a writer in the Dallas area, we might expect Ms. Williams to be somewhat hostile to Redskins, but it’s hard to tell if she holds any such biases.  Before writing for the Star-Telegram, she worked for the Orlando Sentinel.  She is also close friends with John McClain, who is an Art Monk supporter.

I have to put her down as “Unknown.”

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Orlando Sentinel
July 16, 1995
American Football Conference
Charean Williams

New York Jets
   – CAMP NEEDS: The Jets waived WR Art Monk and traded WR Rob Moore to Arizona. The likely replacement is Ryan Yarborough, who made all of six catches last season as a rookie. Rookie Hugh Douglas could replace Jeff Lageman (Jaguars) on the defensive line

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Fort Worth Star-Telegram
January 11, 2004
Times have changed but Gibbs still a winner
Charean Williams

Daniel Snyder has outdone himself this time.

In case you somehow missed it, Snyder, who has commanded publicity since spending a record $800 million to buy the Washington Redskins in 1999, made headlines last week with his hiring of Joe Gibbs. But unlike his signings of over-the-hill players Deion Sanders, Bruce Smith and Jeff George, and his hirings of overrated coaches Marty Schottenheimer and Steve Spurrier, Snyder the fan finally made Snyder the owner look good.

Eventually, even a squirrelly owner blinded by his fanaticism
finds a nut.

“This is one of the most exciting days of my life,” Snyder said Thursday upon introducing Gibbs. “As a lifelong Redskin fan, it should be for all of us.”

Gibbs, a proven winner, will win again.

The only question is: How big?

Gibbs will get the Redskins back to the playoffs, where they have been only once since his retirement. He knows X’s and O’s and he knows personnel, two things that haven’t changed since he was gone. But can he win a Super Bowl in an era when his Hogs are a little thinner?

In 1992, the Redskins had nine offensive-line starters, all quality players. They allowed 23 sacks and had a 998-yard rusher. In 2003, the Redskins didn’t have even five decent offensive linemen. They allowed 43 sacks, and their leading rusher had 600 yards.

It’s the same at receiver — where Gibbs had Gary Clark, Ricky Sanders and Art Monk in ‘92, and now has Laveranues Coles, Rod Gardner and a bunch of nobodies — and at other positions as well. Expansion and free agency have robbed NFL teams of depth.

Even though he is who he is, Gibbs is going to find winning a little more difficult than when he left.

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Fort Worth Star-Telegram
January 12, 2005
Irvin a finalist in first shot at Hall
Charean Williams

Irvin, nicknamed “The Playmaker,” was the heart and soul of the Cowboys’ three Super Bowl teams of the 1990s. He caught 750 passes for 11,904 yards and 65 touchdowns in his 12-year career, retiring after the 1999 season with a spinal condition.

The Hall’s 39-member Board of Selectors will select between three and six new members; finalists need at least 80 percent voting support to be elected. The Class of 2005 will be announced Feb. 5, the day before Super Bowl XXXIX, in Jacksonville, Fla.

Irvin’s induction, though, is not a lock this year.

Marino and Young are expected to be first-ballot inductees, and at least one of the senior nominees, Fritz Pollard and Benny Friedman, is expected to be elected. Thomas, a former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker who died in 2000, has strong support, and former Washington Redskins receiver Art Monk, who ranks fifth in NFL history with 940 catches and ninth in receiving yards with 12,721, is a finalist again this year.

Last year, former Cowboys Bob Hayes, Rayfield Wright and Cliff Harris survived the cut from 15 to 10 but were denied admission in favor of John Elway, Barry Sanders, Bob Brown and Carl Eller.  Hayes, Wright and Harris now are eligible only as seniors nominees.

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