The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

November 16, 2007

Hall Voters on T.O. and Art Monk

Filed under: Voter Articles — DjTj @ 10:38 am

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http://www.star-telegram.com/332/story/303777.html
Hall voters have their say
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Wed, Nov. 14, 2007
By CLARENCE E. HILL Jr.

John McClain, Houston Chronicle

“Right now, the jury is still out on T.O. There are a lot of great receivers with impressive numbers still deserving of the Hall of Fame. Art Monk, Andre Reed and Cris Carter, for instance. Others from TO’s era — Randy Moss, Marvin Harrison, Isaac Bruce, Rod Smith — have posted big numbers, too. Like T.O., they’re outstanding receivers with impressive credentials. The bottom line on T.O. and all of the others is that there’s going to be a lot of stiff competition from a lot of deserving candidates, so the jury is still out.”

Jarrett Bell, USA Today

“Here’s my take on Terrell Owens: Still undetermined. It is tough to merely glance at numbers as the determining factor. If so, Art Monk, Andre Reed and even Andre Rison would be in the Hall. The passing game numbers have become so inflated as the NFL has evolved, and that makes it difficult to rate receivers and quarterbacks from different eras by the same standards. I mean, Drew Pearson is Hall of Fame-worthy in my book, and he had 261 fewer career catches than Michael Irvin did. And I think Bob Hayes, who helped write the history of the receiver position in the NFL, deserves to be in the Hall, regardless of his numbers. Still, in Owens’ case, the career touchdowns are the numbers that support his case.

“Now, what’s the intangible? That whole T.O. persona. The bylaws state that we are to consider players based on what happens between the lines. But that can be interpreted in different ways. So, just as you might view Ray Lewis more favorably for his leadership, an argument might be made that Owens’ track record over the years for, well, events — with all the antics and selfish showboating, sideline blowups, in-house spats — should be weighed for whatever negative impact he might have had on his teams from a chemistry standpoint. Obviously, that’s a lot tougher to quantify than TDs or dropped passes.

“Still, when you get back to productivity and impact as a player, I don’t see where Terrell Owens brings anything less to the wide receiver position than Hall of Famers like Steve Largent, Tommy McDonald and James Lofton did when they played.”

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3 Comments

  1. Don’t care for T.O., but he might end up being a worthy candidate.

    One thing he will NEVER be however, is the “original #81”.

    That distinction belongs either to Art Monk or some great player who came before him.
    Anybody got a pre-Monk suggestion?

    Comment by remember the redskins — November 17, 2007 @ 8:00 pm

  2. Night Train Lane

    Comment by Ben Etkin — November 18, 2007 @ 12:09 am

  3. Once again, this shows that the issue of whom should be added to the HOF comes down more or less to the chance of whom they are up against at the time. There needs to be a change in how many players can be added to the HOF.

    Although I’m a Redskins fan, I could name over 10 Dallas Cowboys that should already be in. Art Monk and Bob Hayes are being denied entry into the HOF NOT because of their stats or Pro Bowl appearances. They are being denied because Troy Aikman, John Elway, Dan Marino, Barry Sanders and Steve Young were better candidates when they were being considered. What do these players that have to do with Monk and Hayes’ impact or stats???? Are we going to pick QB’s every year? Watch out WRs, DLs, OLs, CBs, Safetys, and Kickers… Bret Farve, TO, Randy Moss, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and a few Head Coaches are coming up soon to take your spot in the HOF!!

    This is so wrong. Something’s got to change to make it possible for a player to become a member of the HOF just by how they played their career, not how somebody else played theirs.

    Art Monk has earned the right to be a HOFer. So has Pat Fischer, part of the Redskins “Over the Hill Gang”. He’s tied for 10th All Time in interceptions. Why is it that other players in other positions are forcing players like Monk, Fischer and Bob Hayes out?? This is an outrage to ALL players that were considered the best during their career, not after. It shouldn’t matter if a player is a Cornerback, Safety, OL, Punter, Kicker, or QB. If they are worthy of being a HOFer on their own merit, they should get in, PERIOD. Nor should the HOF be flooded with just QB’s and RB’s and have a much lower number of entrys from the rest of the positions.

    Comment by Roy Shields — November 19, 2007 @ 5:52 pm


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