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.”