The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

January 19, 2008

It’s up to Mr. Elfin, now…

Filed under: News, Voter Articles — DjTj @ 3:17 am

Make it a Triple
The Washington Times
January 15, 2008
David Elfin

Yours truly will be talked out by noon the day before the Super Bowl. That’s because as the Washington selector for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, I have to present three of the 17 finalists who were announced this afternoon: receiver Art Monk, cornerback Darrell Green and Russ Grimm.

I have been unsuccessful the past two years in getting Monk and Grimm elected. Maybe the third time’s the charm. Or maybe I should have followed all of my male first cousins and gone to law school where I could have learned how to win an argument.

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  1. Of all the big plays Art Monk made during his career, there is one which seems to have gone forgotten.

    With just a little over three and a half minutes left in the 4th quarter of the 1983 NFC Championship game against the 49ers, the Redskins were facing 3rd and 8 at about their own 44. If they had not converted the 1st down, they would have been forced to punt back to the hot 49ers offense. Going for it on 4th down would have been out of the question with more than 3 minutes on the clock in a tie game. They had one chance to execute.

    On this very big play, Theismann went to Art Monk for 11 yards and the first down on the 49ers 45. The drive was alive, and the Redskins eventually got into position for the game-winning field goal.

    Events which occurred between this big catch and the Moseley FG have served to obscure the importance of this play. Two penalties against the 49ers have been vehemently argued against by San Fran backers in the intervening years. First, a pass-interference penalty called on Eric Wright while he was checking Monk on a pass downfield, then a defensive holding call on Ronnie Lott closer to the end zone.

    Both calls are reasonably close, and you may tend to see them based on who you were rooting for. I’m not going to get into the mess of arguing these calls (and others over the course of the game that went against the ‘Skins).

    The point of this message is to point out how the controversy over these calls has made most of us forget what a big play that catch by Monk on 3rd and 8 was. It was the kind of play which Monk made over and over during his distinguished career. The big third down catch which kept the big drive going was one of Monk’s specialties. He did it in important late season games (see his 20-yard catch on 3rd & 19 against St. Louis which set up the winning FG on week 16 in ’84). He did it in the playoffs (see Monk’s 23 yard catch on 3rd and 7 for the go-ahead TD against the defending Super Bowl Champ Bears in Chicago in ’87). He did it in Overtime (see his 40 yard catch on 3rd and 15 from the ‘Skins own 4 yard line which kept the eventual game-winning drive alive in OT in Detroit in ’90). He even did it in the Super Bowl (see his 19 yard catch on 3rd and 14 against the Bills in SB XXVI and his 40 yard catch on 3rd and 16 from the ‘Skins own 5 yard line against the Broncos in SB XXII).

    This 11 yard catch on 3rd and 8 for an important first down with 3:30 left in the NFC Championship game against the 49ers is largely forgotten. In a stellar career, it stands as a minor acheivement, but without it, the Redskins could have easily lost that game and would not have made it to a second consecutive Super Bowl.

    Comment by remember the redskins — January 22, 2008 @ 1:05 pm

  2. A quick side note on Darrell Green:

    In the 1991 NFC Championship game, the Detroit Lions scored ALL 10 of their points while Green was off the field with an injury. He left with hurt ribs in the 1st half, but returned in the 2nd half and returned an interception for a TD.

    While Green was out: the Lions scored 10 points

    When Green was on the field: Green 6 points, Detroit 0 points

    Can you say Hall of Fame?

    Comment by remember the redskins — January 24, 2008 @ 3:54 pm

  3. Please checkout our grassroots effort to get Art Monk into the HoF. Pass the word along…the more people speak out, the better.

    Thanks to this site for providing so much information for the my piece in the link above.

    Comment by Sum — January 26, 2008 @ 11:48 am

  4. Aside from Art Monk’s personal character, team leadership and his football stats, I have yet to hear one NFL expert or HOF Committee Member give credit to Art Monk for the quality of defenses that he regularly faced and still put up HOF numbers against. Buddy Ryan’s Eagles, the Dallas Cowboy Superbowl teams, and the Giants with Bill Parcels and Lawrence Taylor. These were Superbowl talented teams that dominated the League with 8 Super Bowl WINS (NINE appearances) between SB 17 to 30 in 14 years by 3 different teams. Monk helped the Redskins to 4 SB appearences and 3 WINS during that time.
    Subjective as the HOF vote is, this fact should be considered a major factor and compliment towards Monk’s enshrinement.
    To put it into a reasonable comparison, future HOFer Jerry Rice would definitely not have the phenominal statistics he earned had the 49ers played in the NFC East during those years. That doesn’t serve as a negative of Rice’s abilities or accolades, as he didn’t have the opportunity to prove how he would do. But certainly this demonstrates how phenominal Art Monk’s stats really are against such strong opponents, and note how difficult it would be for any other receiver in the league to equal or surpass Monk at that time. This fully erases any arguement that other receivers with higher stats are more worthy. No one has had stats like Monk’s against comparible opponents. That alone sets Monk to a level no other receiver has reached, even Jerry Rice.

    Monk quietly let his play speak for him. He has 3 SB rings. His stats are excellent. He held the #1 spot in several all time receiving records at one time or another. He was never one to ’showboat’ in ‘Primetime’.

    HOF Committee Members, don’t do to Art what was done to Rayfield Wright, the HOF Dallas Cowboy OL. Mr. Wright’s first words were “I wish my Mom and Grandma were here to see this.” Art Monk is the proto type HOFer. His enshrinement is over due. It’s time for him to be a HOFer this year.

    Comment by Roy Shields — January 29, 2008 @ 4:50 pm

  5. Another thing – everyone knows Monk has better numbers than every WR already in the Hall (plus more Super Bowl wins except for Swann and Stallworth and the same number as Irvin.) But let’s compare his playoff numbers to the WRs he’s up against now for induction -Cris Carter and Andre Reed. (I’ll try to format this the best I can).

    Comparing the Playoff Performances of 3 HOF Candidates

    Player-Catches per game-Yards per game-TD per game-Yards per catch-Team Record-Super Bowls

    Monk 4.6 70.8 .46 15.4 10-5 2-1

    Carter 4.5 61.4 .57 13.6 4-10 0-0

    Reed 4.5 64.7 .47 14.5 10-9 0-4

    Comparing the NFC or AFC Championship Game Performances of 3 HOF Candidates (each player played in at least 2 NFC or AFC Championship games).

    Player-Catches per game-Yards per game-TD per game-Yards per catch

    Monk 5.3 85.0 .3 15.9

    Carter 4.5 45.5 0 10.1

    Reed 3.2 35.4 .2 11.1

    No contest. So he has the numbers, the championships, the support of HOFers. I called NFL Radio the other day and the host said there should be a Congressional Investigation. He was joking of course, but maybe there should be an actual Congressional Investigation…

    Comment by Mike Frandsen — January 29, 2008 @ 8:28 pm

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