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.
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.