The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

Dan Pompei

Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.
E-mail: dpompei@tribune.com

Vote: Unknown (5/10)

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Chicago Sun-Times
January 27, 1992
A Super-ior effort; Redskins were rough – and ready
Dan Pompei

On Washington’s second possession, Art Monk’s four catches for 79 yards helped bring the Redskins to the 2. After two run attempts for no gains, Monk caught a Mark Rypien pass in the right corner of the end zone and the field official signaled touchdown. But replay official Cal Lepore reversed the decision – the first replay reversal of a touchdown in Super Bowl history.

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Chicago Sun-Times
August 9, 1994
Getting Rid of Old Faces Not Progress
Dan Pompei

There should be a black marble wall somewhere that reads:

Duane Bickett. Anthony Carter. Richard Dent. Joel Hilgenberg. Tim Irwin. Rickey Jackson. Vaughan Johnson. Steve Jordan. Greg Kragen. Carl Lee. Nick Lowery. Charles Mann. Clay Matthews. Guy McIntyre. Steve McMichael. Karl Mecklenburg. Art Monk. Warren Moon. Kevin Ross. Ricky Sanders. Phil Simms. Dennis Smith. Andre Tippett.

It would represent the wall NFL players hit when they have been around too long, won too many games for their teams and have become too popular in their towns.

Each of the aforementioned players hit that wall during the offseason. Their respective teams dumped them or asked them to take pay cuts, even though each still is capable of making valuable contributions. Some are out of the league, but most landed with new teams.

Never before has there been such a year when so many who were so important to their teams for so long were given a rude heave-ho. Never before has there been a salary cap. It is no coincidence.

Through an offseason of mostly invigorating change, this purge of fading stars was a pox on the NFL.

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The Sporting News
November 4, 2002
Carter has lost speed, not savvy
Dan Pompei

The years have been as kind to Carter as they have been to Lambeau Field.

A couple of years back in the Vikings’ weight room, Carter asked Vikings director of pro scouting Paul Wiggin how much longer he thought Carter could play. Wiggin is a man who has seen it all. He played 11 years (1957-67) as a darned good defensive end for the Browns. He has been a position coach, a defensive coordinator and a head coach–for the Chiefs and Stanford. Wiggin said he has seen receivers such as Carter, whose games are not based on speed, play on and on. He told Carter: “You have a tune or two left in your piano.”

Wiggin couldn’t have been more right. At 40, Jerry Rice is still one of the league’s most productive receivers in his 18th season. Irving Fryar lasted 17 years, and Art Monk played 16 years. All have similarities to Carter. Speed receivers, meanwhile, tend to flame out quickly by comparison. Bob Hayes, Lance Alworth and Willie Gault never made it to their 12th seasons. Each had nothing left by his 33rd birthday.

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