The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

July 30, 2007

Membership Restricted to Privileged

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Rocky Mountain News
July 30, 2007
Membership Restricted to Privileged

“Don’t get me started on that,” said former Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien, a teammate of Monk’s from 1988-93. “All of us would like to know why. My feeling is that because Art wasn’t very approachable by the media – but they say it has nothing to do with it, which, I think, is hogwash, to be honest. I think they’re holding that against him, some of the media, and because he was private and very professional, I think that’s the reason he’s not in the Hall of Fame.”

Another former Redskins quarterback, Joe Theismann, also supports Monk and believes football players should be allowed to give testimony in person to the selection committee on behalf of Hall of Fame candidates.

“When it gets down to that last spot, what about that individual don’t you know?” Theismann said. “First, (the voters) have to be willing to admit that they don’t know everything – which is difficult.”

Those who have played the game, Elway said, are best qualified to judge their peers.

“I don’t think anybody knows more about the game of football than the guys that have played it or coached it,” Elway said. “I don’t think the media knows more about the game of football than the players that have played it. And I’m not trying to be (critical). . . .

“It’s like, Bill Gates knows more about computers than you or I know because that’s what he does.”

Horrigan said the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee, which is made up of 40 members of the media, does include Hall of Famers in its selection process.

“The word doesn’t always get out to them that, yes, indeed, in fact not only by design but dedication, players, coaches, scouts, general managers or whomever are all consulted in the process,” Horrigan said. “It is a very thorough process.

“Now, can it be better? Absolutely. Every year we look at it to see how we can make tweaks here and there to make it better. That includes having the Hall of Famers themselves become more involved in the process.”

July 12, 2007

Former Redskins WR not bothered by wait for Hall call

Filed under: News — DjTj @ 9:57 am

Carroll County Times
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Former Redskins WR not bothered by wait for Hall call

Monk is still awaiting his call, but the 49-year-old doesn’t seem bothered by his exclusion even though most Redskins fans are adamant about his omission.

“It feels good that people in the community feel that way, but it’s out of my control,” Monk said Wednesday before overseeing a practice session at his camp. “The voters, obviously, haven’t felt that way yet. It really doesn’t matter to me. If it happens, it happens.”

Monk, a first-round draft pick in 1980 out of Syracuse, holds Redskins records for single-season receptions (106), most passes caught in a game (13, twice) and combined net yards (12,358). He earned three straight Pro Bowl appearances — 1984-86 — during his 14 years in Washington. Monk wrapped up his career with the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles, with whom he played three games in 1995.

He helped the Redskins win two Super Bowl titles, and he caught seven passes for 113 yards in the 1991 championship win over Buffalo.

The statistics and accolades likely don’t mean too much to a group of youth football players, but Monk said his absence in the Hall of Fame can be a topic of discussion with a different generation.

“Parents talk about it, but [the kids] usually just want an autograph, or they ask me about being a receiver,” Monk said. “How was it playing in the NFL, that kind of thing. What kind of money did you make, what kind of car are you driving.”

The kids’ parents, on the other hand, have different things to talk if they get a chance to chat with Monk.

The first question probably goes something like this: Why in the world aren’t you in the Hall of Fame?

“They usually don’t ask you, they just say you should’ve been,” he said. “Obviously, there’s nothing I can do about it.”

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