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.”