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August 3, 2007
10 guys who belong in the Hall
I couldn’t agree more. Monk and Reed top my list of the 10 players not in the Hall of Fame who deserve to have their bronze busts displayed.
1. Art Monk, wide receiver, Redskins
Like Reed, Monk’s numbers are indisputable. He trails Reed by just 11 catches (940), ranking sixth; he is 11th in yards with 12,721 but ranks just 31st in touchdowns with 68. However, he once caught at least one pass in 183 consecutive games, and unlike Reed, Monk has three Super Bowl rings with three different quarterbacks (Joe Theismann, Doug Williams and Mark Rypien) throwing the passes.
Theismann once said “Art was Jerry Rice before Jerry Rice was,” and one Hall of Fame voter said he “remains mystified” why his fellow selectors have not seen the light, if for no other reason than no one currently enshrined in the Hall has more catches than Monk.
Monk was as steady as they come, but he was a quiet man who did not have much to say, and maybe that’s why the voters have looked down on him, teasing him with seven finalist appearances but rejecting him each time when it came to the final vote.
Monk played in three Pro Bowls, was named to the NFL’s All-Decades team of the 1980s and is in the prestigious Redskins’ Ring of Fame. Bill Parcells once said “Monk is headed to Canton downhill on roller skates.” It has been a long hill, and sadly, the end is nowhere in sight.