The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

January 31, 2008

Dr. Z: “Just Put Him the F— In Already”

Filed under: News, Voter Articles — DjTj @ 10:20 am

Dr. Z on Art Monk’s Hall of Fame Chances: ‘Just Put Him the F— In Already’
AOL Fanhouse
January 30, 2008
Michael David Smith

Sports Illustrated NFL writer Paul Zimmerman, better known as Dr. Z, has a reputation as the old curmudgeon of the football writing business. I met him today, and he lived up to that reputation.

I introduced myself to Zimmerman and told him I’d been reading his work for my entire life. He replied, “That makes me feel old.”

I then asked Zimmerman about the upcoming Pro Football Hall of Fame selection meeting, which is on the day before the Super Bowl. Zimmerman is one of the selectors, and he recently changed his mind about former Redskins receiver Art Monk, saying that after years of being the most vocal opponent of Monk’s enshrinement, he will now vote for Monk. So what changed his mind?

“I figured, just put him the f— in already,” Zimmerman told me. “I’m tired of being the a–hole.”


  1. Well, that’s great! There’s at least one more F-ing vote for Monk from one of his past detractors…

    Comment by Roy Shields — January 31, 2008 @ 3:24 pm

  2. Your link points to some page, not the aol .com page it says

    Comment by Dan — January 31, 2008 @ 3:42 pm

  3. WOW, nothing like principled oppostion…

    Comment by bwana — February 1, 2008 @ 7:17 am

  4. As many people have said, I hardly believe those “experts” really saw Art play. But finally the wait is over and deservedly Monk will be a Hall of Famer.

    Comment by Gary — February 2, 2008 @ 8:12 pm

  5. Mr. Zimmerman’s more detailed account of his communication of this sentiment and his perception of its effect on the outcome of the vote can be found at in the video gallery. It is contained in the Cris Carter entry of the NFL Network’s recent Top 10 show about players who should be in the HOF. It is this explanation which Dr. Z gives when addressing why Monk got in instead of Carter.

    My understanding is that the HOF voters have a rule against this sort of public discussion of what goes on in their meetings.

    In one of his NFL Mailbag articles, he has previously explained Kenny Stabler’s exclusion from the HOF by relating that he shared a story about the snake to other HOF voters in which Stabler acted poorly towards a media member. This is another example of Zimmerman sharing information about voter meetings and shows a tendency of voters to: A) consider off-field information when voting and B) consider the player’s relationship with the media when voting. Both of these voting tendencies are supposed to be off-limits.

    In a more recent mailbag entry, Zimmerman is asked why he hates the Redskins. This is sort of a simplistic question which ignores the nature of a sportswriter’s job. It is the sort of question which comes from fans who are only thinking of their own team and what is good for it. This kind of question is faced by sportswriters over and over. They usually ignore it or try to explain that they don’t hate a particular team, but must report on teams and predict their games based on how they see them objectively. This is not what Zimmerman does. He answers the woman flatly, telling her he hates the Redskins because of Dan Snyder. This answer is A) too specific to be a sarcastic joke answer to a frustrating question, and B) reflective of Zimmerman’s attitude towards Snyder as related in a previous article in which he tells of Snyder calling him out in a restaurant for inaccurately predicting a 4-12 season for the ‘Skins.

    Comment by remember the redskins — August 9, 2008 @ 12:01 pm

  6. The above post shows that Paul Zimmerman in fact:

    -DOES hate Dan Snyder

    -DOES hate the Redskins

    -HAS lost his objectivity

    -DISREGARDS the rules which are in place for Hall of Fame voters

    -ENDORSES voting for candidates based on their relationships with media members

    -CANNOT be trusted by his fellow voters to follow protocol or by the fans to vote based on the appropriate criteria

    -MAY have held his dislike for Snyder against Art Monk, a player who was notoriously reticent with the media

    -meanwhile, NONE of Zimmerman’s statements prove that he wasn’t COMPLETELY WRONG to not vote for Monk these past several years.

    Based on these facts, strong consideration should be given to removing Zimmerman from the Hall of Fame voting committee.

    Comment by remember the redskins — August 9, 2008 @ 1:08 pm

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