The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

December 12, 2006

Art Monk Elected to Syracuse Board of Trustees

Filed under: News — DjTj @ 12:43 am

This probably has no bearing on Art’s induction to the Football Hall of Fame, but it is nice to see him still active with his alma mater. 

SU Athletics
Dec 11, 2006
Art Monk Elected to Syracuse Board of Trustees

Syracuse, N.Y. – A graduate of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and a former Syracuse University football standout and NFL star Art Monk is one of six newly elected members of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees. Monk is executive and co-founder of Alliant Merchant Services, an electronic payment services company located in Northern Virginia.
     “I am excited about the opportunity to be part of the University and to have some input in how things are done,” Monk said. “Within the last couple of years I have seen what Chancellor Nancy Cantor has done. It has drawn my attention back to the University.  The South Side initiative is one example. When I went to Syracuse, the University was like the city on the hill. It was always separate. Nancy has broken these walls down and is engaging the city in a way that has never been done before. The ‘Scholarship in Action’ philosophy is just a great concept.”
     A four-year Orange letter winner (1976-79), Monk led the Orange in receiving in 1977, 1978 and 1979. He still ranks in the top 10 on several Orange career record lists, including career receptions (sixth), all-time receiving yards (seventh) and receiving yards per game (ninth). In 1980, the Washington Redskins selected Monk with the 18th overall pick in the NFL Draft.  Monk joins another former standout football student-athlete, Donovan McNabb, on the University’s Board of Trustees.
     “We are so proud of Art Monk becoming a Trustee,” said Syracuse director of athletics Dr. Daryl Gross. “He continues to make wonderful impressions in regard to the University and the athletics department. Art is the ultimate in class and professionalism and a great friend. We embrace his leadership and look forward to continuing to work closely with him in our athletics endeavors.”
     Monk helped found The Good Samaritan Foundation with his Washington teammates Charles Mann, Tim Johnson and Earnest Byner. The foundation, based on the strong commitment of its founders to “prepare youth for leadership in the community and the workplace,” provides youth with the environment needed to equip them with the skills, training and resources necessary to compete successfully in society through the Student Training Opportunity Program (STOP). The program serves more than 50 high school students, four days a week during the school year and five days a week during the summer providing after-school programs, tutoring and mentoring. We use every opportunity afforded to us to impart love, wisdom and a nurturing environment for these young people to explore their talents, skills and to realize their dreams.
     “I am excited for Art. I knew Art before becoming a part of Syracuse. I knew Art the football player, the family man and as a community person,” said Syracuse head football coach Greg Robinson. “With all the things he has touched and been a part of he has completely extended himself in every way. He is obviously the right person for the University. It is not a surprise. A position like this is a place where he can make a difference. He has insights many others may not have. This appointment is very appropriate.”
     During his 16-year NFL career, Monk played 14 seasons with the Redskins before joining the New York Jets for the 1994 campaign and playing with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1995. Monk played for the Redskins Super Bowl XVII, Super Bowl XXII and Super Bowl XXVI teams. He also won a Super Bowl ring as a member of the team in Super Bowl XVII, but did not play due to injury. Monk finished his 16 NFL seasons with 940 receptions for 12,721 yards and 68 touchdowns, along with 332 rushing yards. Monk’s most noteworthy NFL accomplishment was his record for career receptions (940), broken by Jerry Rice during the final week of 1995, Monk’s last season in the league. He was the first to eclipse 900 receptions and retired with the single season receptions record (106) and the most consecutive games with a catch (183). He was named to the NFL’s 1980s All-Decade Team.
     “The athlete today is so different from the athlete who played years ago,” Monk said. “It used to be that we just played ball. Today it is quite different. The student-athletes take advantage of the opportunity for a great education. As athletes, we participate in athletics and academics. We play football and we are engrossed in our communities. We are involved not just in service, but in business and in leadership.”
     The University is governed by its Board of Trustees, which is charged with legal responsibility to protect and manage its physical and financial assets over which the board has legal control. The board also has the authority to oversee the administration and management of the University’s programs and appoints a Chancellor to implement its policies and administer the University as a whole. In carrying out its duties under the charter and bylaws of Syracuse University and the not-for-profit corporation law, the board has extensive responsibilities in the governance of Syracuse University.

December 2, 2006

Rick Snider Thinks Art is In

Filed under: News, Voter Articles — DjTj @ 12:48 pm

The Examiner
Dec 2, 2006
Monk should garner overdue Hall pass
Rick Snider

WASHINGTONThe ice jam blocking Art Monk’s election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame may have finally melted.
Sports Illustrated’s Peter King now says he’ll vote for the former Redskins receiver after years of leading the dissent. That may be the difference. King has a powerful say in the small world of 40 voters and gaining his alliance is like Nancy Pelosi supporting George Bush.

Monk is long overdue for enshrinement after retiring as the NFL’s leading receiver with 940 catches. More importantly, he was among six Redskins on all three Super Bowl champions.

That should have been enough. But plenty of politics are played when sportswriters meet the day before the Super Bowl to pick four-to-seven inductees. Someone must champion the player, usually the writer from the team where he was best known. Monk’s delay could have something to do with writers remembering how he wouldn’t talk to them often. Maybe that’s wrong, but it’s human nature.

Monk also played alongside Gary Clark, who merits Hall consideration himself. Monk scored 68 touchdowns over 16 seasons and only led the team in receptions six times because he was the greatest role player in football. Monk could have been selfish like today’s divas and demanded the ball more, but he chose to be a piece of the dynasty. Not that he wasn’t dominant, but Monk probably could have gained another 100 catches and 25 touchdowns by lobbying for the ball.

Somehow, King missed how important Monk was to the team. He entrenched himself in the anti-Monk vote for many years until finally being a journalist and investigating Monk’s worth over recent months. On Sunday, King wrote in his blog he would vote for Monk and Dallas receiver Michael Irvin during the Feb. 3 vote.

King’s support will garner enough votes. Unlike many Hall of Fame ballots that can include more than 100 voters, football’s close-knit electorate can be swayed. There are 40 voters — one for each NFL city, at-large voters and the president of the Pro Football Writers of America. Washington has three voters with local ties — David Elfin of The Washington Times as the Washington balloter and Jarrett Bell of USA Today and Len Shapiro of The Washington Post as at-large voters.

This year’s balloting has no locks. Terrell Davis and Bruce Matthews are front-runners. Retired NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue should be included. Monk and Irvin (750 catches) along with Andre Reed (951 catches) may compete for two openings for receivers.

And if I could lobby, it would be for former Redskins guard Russ Grimm. The Hog was on the NFL’s 1980s team and won three rings with Washington. When Joe Gibbs retires, grabbing Grimm from his offensive coordinator role in Pittsburgh to become the next Redskins head coach would be smart.

The only other Redskin who will garner serious consideration is cornerback Darrell Green, who becomes eligible in 2008. But don’t expect him to make it on the first ballot.

Meanwhile, get ready for another trip to Canton next summer. Monk appears finally ready to join the immortals. It’s about time.

Sports Illustrated
November 28, 2006
An open book: Hall of Fame debates never open-and-shut cases
Peter King

BREAK THE LOGJAM. Frank Murtaugh of Memphis: “Terrific stance on the receiver conundrum in the Hall voting. And yes, this is the year to clear the logjam (before the eligibility of Jerry Rice, Cris Carter and Tim Brown further muddy the waters). You’ve got a healthy idea: expanding the panel to 50 voters. The club of 39 right now is way too exclusive. It’s too easy to blackball a player when only seven votes are needed. And I’m in line with your stance on this year’s vote: Monk and Irvin are Hall of Famers. They stand above the crowd of other great pass-catchers for having won THREE CHAMPIONSHIPS, and having played integral roles on all three. The last variable for consideration by any and all Hall voters should be winning championships. Reed was close, but was he merely this era’s Ahmad Rashad?”

I think Reed was better for longer than Rashad. I’m just not sold that four players and a coach from that Bills regime should be in the Hall. My order of Bills to get in if they all could be accommodated would be Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, Steve Tasker, Andre Reed and Kent Hull.

MONK AND IRVIN? NO. From Scott Rich of Minneapolis: “Art Monk and Michael Irvin belong in the Hall of Good, not the Hall of Fame. Because Lynn Swann was elected to the incorrect Hall, do not compound that mistake by electing Monk and Irvin, whose contributions to their respective teams have been recognized in the most appropriate of locations, each team’s Ring of Fame/Honor.”

Disagree. But let’s see what everybody else thinks.

MONK? YES. From David Davis of Ottawa: “Peter, I no longer hate you. For years I couldn’t understand what you had against Monk. To me it just seemed like you didn’t want to listen to anybody about why he’s deserving. Then you said you would go for a guy like Michael Irvin, a player with character issues among other things, and I just thought Monk maybe hit your car one day and you had a grudge. You have just made my week, you have seen the light; you understand that a good teammate is a guy who will do the dirty stuff and take a backseat to other teammates while leading by example. That’s what those Redskins were all about.”

Part of being on the committee is to take the heat, and I’m fine with that. Part of it too, I think, is not being so rock-solid and absolute that a good argument can’t change your mind. As far as Irvin goes, off-field stuff, by our by-laws, shouldn’t be part of our deliberations. I can’t speak for everyone, but with me, I don’t care if Irvin robs four banks tomorrow. He’ll have my vote because of his consistent greatness on the field.

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