The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

Paul Domowitch

Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News

Vote: Maybe No (4/10)

The Sporting News
December 18, 1995
NFC Notes: Philadelphia Eagles
Paul Domowitch

The Art of receiving: Art Monk extended his record reception streak to 181 games with two catches against Dallas. ”That’s why we brought him in,” Rhodes says. ”He’s a seasoned, cold-weather receiver who has caught a lot of passes. You want a guy who has made big plays in big games and he has made a lot of them.”… There’s a chance wide receiver/ return man Kelvin Martin could return for the regular-season finale against Chicago. Martin has missed the last five games with a stress fracture in his foot. … Quarterback Rodney Peete has not thrown a touchdown pass in the last three games and has just six all season.

Philadelphia Daily News
December 21, 1998
Wrap up gift-buying with a few good books
Paul Domowitch

“They’re going to run it right up our gut,” Rhodes said Wednesday.

He considered his decimated defensive line, missing the four players he expected to start entering training camp, as well as backup end Al Wallace. He considered his worn-out linebackers. He considered the Birds’ bad run defense, Dallas’s decent running attack, and injuries to stars Michael Irvin, the Cowboys’ Hall of Fame-bound receiver, and Deion Sanders, their Hall of Fame-bound all-purpose player, and announced:

“They’re going to bleed us.”

Right-o, Ray Bob.

Emmitt Smith led the Cowboys to the NFC East title with 110 rushing yards on 25 carries. Eagles running back Duce Staley had 67 yards on 18 carries, putting him at 968 for the season, 32 shy of the 1,000-yard mark. 

The Houston Chronicle
August 25, 2002
History aside, QB Cunningham deserves praise for his success
Paul Domowitch

While Randall never became as good as he could have been, he kept things interesting around here. And memorable.

That probably won’t get him into the Hall of Fame. But it made him deserve a standing ovation Friday night at the Vet.

Philadelphia Daily News
August 5, 2003
NFL Network: Something for everyone
Paul Domowitch

Sometime this fall, the National Football League will launch its very own TV channel, the NFL Network. For pro football junkies, it’s a dream come true. All NFL, all the time. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. For the wives of pro football junkies, it’s one more reason to hire a divorce lawyer.

How in the world are they going to come up with 168 hours of programming a week? Glad you asked. There will be a celebrity-laced talk show and an X’s-and-O’s matchup show for you serious students of the game.

Those always-compelling day-after-the-game coaches press conferences will occupy much of their Monday schedule. And they’ve got 100 million feet of film in the NFL Films library that they will rely heavily on.

According to my sources in the NFL Network programming department, here are some other shows the new channel is considering for their fall schedule:

“Monk” – Follow former Washington Redskins wide receiver Art Monk through his memorable streak of 183 straight games with at least one reception. The last 10 minutes of each show will feature a D.C.-area sports writer telling us why a guy who earned just three Pro Bowl invitations absolutely, positively deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

**NOTE: This column was intended to be tongue-in-cheek according to Domowitch

St.Petersburg Times
September 5, 2003
Fame May Beckon a Few Bucs
Gary Shelton

Keyshawn Johnson

Domowitch: “There are a lot more deserving receivers.”

Philadelphia Daily News
September 9, 2005
Chiefs’ Peterson not expecting Vermeil back for 2006
Paul Domowitch

With Jerry Rice retiring this week, the 2010 Hall of Fame class will have three certain first-year-of-eligibility inductees: Rice, Emmitt Smith and Tim Brown.


  1. A lot of players who are in the HOF made 3 pro bowls or less. ie: Bradshaw, Swann, Riggins, Joiner. So dont let that prevent you from voting for Monk.

    Comment by Cdawg — October 25, 2006 @ 2:20 pm

  2. When you consider Irvin had Aikman and Emmitt his whole career and Monk had no HOF QB, only had Riggo for 5 yrs, and that he came into the league before receivers started getting the ball a lot, Irvin’s stats being somewhat more than Monk’s doesnt look all that impressive. Monk was the 1st receiver to record 100 catches in a season, 900 in a career,1 catch in 180 straight games(only Rice broke that record),and once ranked 3rd in rcvg yds. Now who do you think was the better receiver? Especially for his time.

    Comment by Cdawg — October 25, 2006 @ 2:22 pm

  3. He also reached the 800 catch mark quicker than anyone except Harrison and Rice. But look who they had at QB.

    Comment by joe — October 25, 2006 @ 8:40 pm

  4. Monk was also a smart player.On 3rd down, he always knew where the first down marker was when he made the catch and when he was near the sideline, he was made sure had two feet down before he went out of bounce to make the catch.

    Comment by joe — October 25, 2006 @ 8:44 pm

  5. 81 Reasons to Induct Art Monk

    1) 12,721 Receiving Yards (#9 all time, eight years after retirement)

    2) 940 Receptions ( was #1, is now #5 eight years after retiring)

    3) 68 Receiving Touchdowns (still in top 30, all time)

    4) 224 Games played

    5) Caught at least one pass in 183 consecutive games (once a record)

    6) Helped Washington to three SB victories in four appearances.

    7) Three consecutive Pro Bowl Selections

    8) “Art was Jerry Rice before Jerry Rice was” – Joe Theismann

    9) Record of 106 receptions in 1984 stood for eight years.

    10) “Quiet about his work, very loud with his results” – Mark Rypien

    11) First to record 106 receptions in one season

    12) First to catch at least one pass in 164 consecutive games

    13) First to catch more than 900 passes.

    14) Caught 58 passes as a rookie, unanimous All-Rookie Selection

    15) Redskins 1984 MVP

    16) 50 or more reception in a season 9 times

    17) 1,000 or more yards receiving in a season 5 times

    18) Master of the medium route over the middle, aka “No Man’s Land”

    19) First Redskin to produce 3 consecutive 1,000-yard seasons

    20) Prototype for the modern receiver

    21) 3-time 1st or 2nd team All-NFC Team selection

    22) In ’85, named to the Pro Football Weekly All-Pro Team

    23) In ’85, named to the Associated Press All-Pro Team

    24) In ’85, named to the UPI All-NFL Team

    25) In ’86, named to the UPI All-NFC Team

    26) Founded the Good Samaritan Foundation, with teammates.

    27) 1, 062 Playoff yards

    28) Largent, Lofton and Stallworth are already in.

    29) The consummate pro; made the big catch, went back to the huddle.

    30) Not a “Hot Dog”; let his play on the field do all the talking.

    31) Nicknamed “Money” by teammates, “Artist” by the fans

    32) Founded the Student Training Opportunity Program, with teammates

    33) Started the Art Monk Football Camp” in 1983, and it’s still going.

    34) 16-year career, 0 arrests.

    35) Named to TSN’s “100 Greatest Football Players” list

    36) Never once disappointed the team or the fans, on the field or off.

    37) A first round draft pick that played like a first round draft pick.

    38) Has more career catches than anyone currently in the Hall.

    39) Putting loud jerks in over Monk sends the wrong message to kids.

    40) Art does not lobby to get himself inducted

    41) First down machine on 3rd and long

    42) Still holds the club record for catches in a season (106)

    43) Still holds the club record for passes caught in a game (13, twice)

    44) Honored as one of the “Washingtonians of the Year” in 1992

    45) Focuses on the forgotten “high school aged” youth in DC.

    46) “I don’t know about the criteria, but whatever it is, I believe Art has achieved it” –Joe Theismann

    47) “He was big, he was strong, and he was intelligent. He had everything”-Joe Gibbs, HOF inductee

    48) “Art Monk was an example for Jerry Rice. That’s what Jerry always told me.”- Ronnie Lott, HOF inductee

    49) “There’s nothing negative to say. He has the numbers, the catches, the championships.” –Lott

    50) “Spend a day with Art Monk, and your life will improve by 10%”- Theismann

    51) “You have a Hall of Fame for all it represents. I know he represents all that it’s about. Integrity, love and passion for the game, community, what he gave back. Look how he conducted himself. Nobody I know deserves it more.” –Lott

    52) If he doesn’t get in, they might as well close the Hall.

    53) “There was never a classier player in this franchise’s history, or in league history, than Art Monk. You always knew the team would be getting Art Monk’s best effort day in and day out.” –Charlie Casserly

    54) “Monk is headed to Canton downhill on roller skates”- Bill Parcells, 1995

    55) Only one other player, linebacker Monte Coleman, has been on the field for the Redskins more than Monk.

    56) Art Monk is almost as proud of his relative anonymity as he is the record-setting numbers he compiled over a 16-year NFL career.

    57) When Monk spoke, it was usually with tough catches in the clutch moments of big games.

    58) Nothing came naturally for Monk, who spent countless hours on the practice field and many more behind the projector.

    59) I never saw Monk drop a pass. Period.

    60) Monk’s 40-yard catch with eight minutes left in the first quarter of SBXXII was Doug Williams’ first completion of what would be a record setting game.

    61) Named in a 1992 poll during the team’s 50th Anniversary Season as the most popular Redskin of all time.

    62) Participates in a “Kid’s Fishing Day” for underprivileged kids

    63) Has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, reciting children’s fairy tales with musical accompaniment.

    64) “He’s more than just his receptions. Few players have been able to achieve what he’s achieved.” –Richie Petitbon

    65) “He is a gifted athlete who takes great care of himself. He’s a guy who works at his craft, and responds to any challenge. However, he does it so quietly that his accomplishments are sometimes overlooked.”- Joe Gibbs

    66) Selected to the 1989 All-Madden Team

    67) Early in his career, Art arranged and scheduled charity basketball games for the Redskins.

    68) “I can’t see how a receiver could be more valuable to a team.” –Gibbs

    69) Fame is often hard earned. Character is often elusive to define. A man of great character himself, Art Monk encompasses what it means to be a candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    70) Monk wasn’t a “SportsCenter” type of receiver — more like a “Masterpiece Theatre” type.

    71) You wouldn’t see Monk pull out a Sharpie to sign a ball after scoring a touchdown.

    72) “He embodied the old school, and for that alone he should be enshrined so that when a father takes his son through the Hall of Fame, he can say, “Son, here is a man who once caught 106 passes in a season when no one was catching 100 passes. Here was a man who caught a pass in 183 straight games. And not once did he ever pull a cell phone out to make a call after any of those catches.” –Thomas Loverro, Washington Times

    73) Football is a game of first downs and Monk was the receiver who would move the chains.

    74) He has since been passed in this pass-crazy era, but in the context of when he played, Art Monk was a Hall of Fame receiver.

    75) He did this while never playing with a Hall of Fame-caliber quarterback.

    76) Critics will say Monk benefited from playing in Joe Gibbs’ system. What might be the case is that the Gibbs system benefited from having Monk.

    77) “I believe he’s a Hall of Famer. I was a pro scout when he was playing, so it was my job to know who those guys were. I would put Art in that category, but apparently there are a lot of Hall of Fame voters who don’t feel Art Monk was in that category. It’s hard for me to believe they ever saw him play.” –Bill Polian, President Indianapolis Colts

    78) He was the anti-Terrell Owens.

    79) He was the standard-bearer, the mold-maker and the receiver every team of his era wished they’d had.

    80) He’s already a Hall Of Famer off the field.

    81) It’s time.

    Comment by Mark Barnette — January 10, 2007 @ 10:44 pm

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