The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

February 3, 2007

Monk Denied Again

Filed under: News — DjTj @ 5:13 pm

Washington Post
February 3, 2007
Monk Misses Hall of Fame Cut

Art Monk, the Washington Redskins wide receiver who was in his seventh year of eligibility, was not chosen.

Irvin, the former Dallas Cowboys receiver, who won three Super Bowls in the 1990s, got in on his third try. Irvin pleaded no contest in 1996 to felony cocaine possession. Four years later, he was arrested on drug possession charges, but they were later dropped.

The 40 Hall voters were criticized by two of Irvin’s former teammates, Emmitt Smith and Troy Aikman, for previously bypassing the wideout, who retired in 1999.

They didn’t ignore him this time.

Tagliabue was eliminated in the first round of voting.

Also voted in were running back Thurman Thomas, offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, defensive back Roger Wehrli and two nominees of the veterans’ committee — tight end Charlie Sanders and guard Gene Hickerson.

Those who argued passionately for Monk’s induction had been frustrated in recent years when he’d been included among the finalists for consideration but hadn’t been elected. Monk, 49, played for the Redskins between 1980 and ’93. He had 106 catches, then a single-season NFL record, in 1984. When he retired in 1995 after a season with the New York Jets and part of a season with the Philadelphia Eagles, he was the leading receiver in league history with 940 catches. Those records since have been surpassed but his coach, Joe Gibbs, regularly praised him as the model of reliability for the highly successful Redskins teams of his era.

Those who opposed Monk’s candidacy in previous years argued that he didn’t have enough signature moments in his career. Monk’s candidacy also might have been undermined by a reluctance to speak to reporters during his career.

The Hall’s board of selectors consists of one media representative from each pro football city with two from New York. A 33rd member is a representative of the Pro Football Writers of America and there are seven at-large delegates.

A good man and legitimate Hall of Famer is being denied entry for reasons we never know, by people who secretly vote. Art Monk is a Hall of Famer by any measure. This is not right.” — Redskins Owner Daniel Snyder

I’m disappointed that Art wasn’t recognized for election into the Hall of Fame today, but I remain confident that he will be recognized for all the positive contributions he has brought to the game. I can’t think of a more deserving player or person that possesses more Hall of Fame credentials than Art.” — Redskins Head Coach Joe Gibbs

Denver Post
February 3, 2007
Zimmerman must wait for Hall call

Voted in as the class of 2007 were wide receiver Michael Irvin, running back Thurman Thomas, offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, defensive back Roger Wehrli and two nominees of the veterans’ committee – tight end Charlie Sanders and guard Gene Hickerson.

The 40-member panel deliberated Saturday to determine who among the 17 finalists would be enshrined. Two votes were taken, reducing the finalists from 17 to 11 and then from 10 to six finalists, who were each voted on individually.

Finalists Paul Tagliabue, Russ Grimm, Ray Guy, Bob Kuechenberg, Andre Reed and Zimmerman lost out in the first reduction vote. Fred Dean, Richard Dent, Art Monk, Derrick Thomas and Andre Tippett lost out on the second reduction ballot.


  1. Like so many other Redskin and Art Monk fans, I’m disappointed that Art has again been left out of the Hall of Fame. But can we be too surprised? Even the Redskins gave up on him and released him when he was still a great player. As much as I love the Redskins, I still can’t get over the fact that the team let Art go. Since then, the Redskins have never been quite a “family” to me. In my heart, I think if the Redskins had continued to believe in Art, the voters would now believe in Art and that he would have been voted in.

    Comment by James Sprinkel — February 4, 2007 @ 7:48 am

  2. In today’s culture, it’s all about self-aggrandizing… calling attention to one’s self, flash in place of substance. Look at the T.O. nonsense … we hear about that clown/fool on EVERY episode of ESPN news, yet Marvin Harrison blows his sorry butt out of the water every year, and how often do you hear about Marvin? Never. It’s T.O., Chad Johnson et al. Anyone with a big mouth and a severe case of megalomania. It’s truly sad. Art was a great team player, kept his mouth shut, retired with all the major receiving records and gets absolutely no respect (or to use improper language/slang: he gets no “love.”)

    We live in this society that rewards having a big mouth and marketing over real talent. Look at Howard Stern, Madonna, Puff Daddy (or insert most any OTHER hip-hop “artist’s” name here). Reality television rules the idiot box, p.o.s. movies like “Titanic” kill the box office… it’s never ending. Beam me up…

    Comment by Elliott de Luca — February 4, 2007 @ 12:12 pm

  3. Art needs to get in some trouble with the law,then say he was helping a friend by taking the bad stuff away from him. Get a sportscaster job and run his mouth about nothing that makes sense. Plead no contest when the time is right. Then he will have a chance. You have to remember these guys, or girls, or fairy’s, most likely never played sports in there entire life, there nerds. The truth is he probaly doesn’t care all that much, he never bought into the hype, he just played the game like it should be played.If you remember he had to buy a ticket to one the superbowls because they didn’t want anybody on the sidelines with cructhes.He had to watch his team from the stands, thats right from the stands. You never heard a peep from him about this nightmare. I love football. Football is not about look at me, Im great. Its about you Art, just getting done when you team needs you to make a play.

    Comment by james davies — February 4, 2007 @ 1:07 pm

  4. I need to know how you people can possibly sleep at night knowing that you passed over not only one of the greatest football players of all times, but one of the best roll models that the NFL has ever had in Art Monk. What were you thinking choosing Michael Ervin (a known drug user and repeat offender) over Art Monk. I am so completely outraged I can’t even see straight! I have lost every bit of respect that I ever had for this process of selection. I don’t know what or who is paying you people off, but it needs to stop! Art Monk still has records that no one has broken yet and you people chose a thug to represent this institution. GREAT ROLL MODEL! GOOD JOB! You too can grow up, play football, do drugs, get caught, get away with it and still be elected to the NFL Hall of Fame. Great message you’re sending to our youth! GET REAL PEOPLE! Art Monk is one of the classiest human beings on the face of the earth. He is kind, intelligent, and is a great humanitarian! He deserves this, more than anyone! So what if he’s not a camera hog. What’s wrong with just being happy to be an outsanding team player and great community leader?

    HOW COULD YOU PASS HIM OVER AGAIN! You 33 individuals need to take good hard look at what message you are sending.

    Comment by Deana Travis — February 5, 2007 @ 1:49 pm

  5. I was planning on visiting The Pro Football Hall of Shame which has been a life long dream. Sadly, the idiots voting in Irvin before Monk has led me to ban the Hall for life. Very sad.

    Comment by RH — February 5, 2007 @ 5:55 pm

  6. My friend wrote an article comparing Art Monk with Michael Irvin. Not even close. How can these idiot voters pick Irvin over Monk is beyond me… Good article…

    Comment by Bob Jones — February 7, 2007 @ 1:42 pm

  7. Yep, what I thought…the WaPo posted a news article on the slight, but no original articles by the writers.

    Of course, it is funny to see that after the HOF voters voted in Irvin despite the commissioners plea that the league send a better off the field message, I see that Irvin has been fired by ESPN because he is (as noted in the NY Post) a “ticking time bomb” who was sure to create some type of PR disaster…

    Comment by Bwana — February 19, 2007 @ 4:08 pm

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