The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

Paul Zimmerman

Dr. Z of Sports Illustrated

Vote: Definitely Yes (9/10)

Sports Illustrated
December 24, 1984
The Doc’s Dangerous Double Dozen
Paul Zimmerman

The wide receivers were also difficult choices this year. Rather, one spot was difficult. The Steelers’ John Stallworth was in a class by himself. Injury-free at last, he had the finest season in his 11-year career — and that’s without a Terry Bradshaw to get the ball to him. The other spot came down to a three-player shoot-out among St. Louis’s Roy Green, Washington’s Art Monk and Miami’s Mark Clayton. I gave Green the nod over Clayton because Green didn’t have another deep threat, as Clayton did in teammate Mark Duper, to take the pressure off. Monk was indispensable to the Skins’ offense, but his single-season reception record (106) was built on a lot of eight-yard hitches, while Green was more of a threat downfield.

Sports Illustrated
January 20, 1992
Call Me Crazy, But. . . .; Dr. Z sticks to his preseason prediction and picks the Bills to beat the Redskins
Paul Zimmerman

IF YOU WATCHED SUNDAY’S AFC and NFC championship games, there’s no logical way you could like the Buffalo Bills over the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XXVI. But I do. Maybe it’s just stubborn loyalty to my preseason Super Bowl pick: Bills 20, Redskins 17. It could be just a hunch or the memory of last year’s NFL title game, in which the New York Giants came in by the back door and the Bills rode in on a chariot after having blown through the playoffs.

One of the proven theories of Super Bowl handicapping is, Go with the hot team. But last season, after Buffalo had crushed the Los Angeles Raiders 51-3 and the Giants had stolen a 15-13 win from the San Francisco 49ers in the conference championship games, the form chart got dinged and New York took it all in the Big One. Now the situation is reversed. The Skins are pushing all the right buttons, and the Bills are in on a pass.

Washington’s 41-10 victory over the Detroit Lions in the NFC final was a cerebral as well as a physical triumph, the kind of game after which the winning coaches get together and say to one another, “See, I told you it would work.” The Redskins defense — mixing things up just enough by throwing an odd assortment of blitzes at young Lion quarterback Erik Kramer and getting away from tendencies — suffered a slight lapse in the second quarter when All-Pro cornerback Darrell Green was sidelined with bruised ribs. But then it pitched a shutout after the intermission.

The Washington offense was typical Joe Gibbs: Set ’em up with one thing, hit ’em with another. He’ll use the thunder of the heavy running game behind two or three tight ends, then the deep strike from quarterback Mark Rypien — 45 yards to Gary Clark, 31 to Art Monk, a 21-yard TD to Monk, 45 yards to Terry Orr. That last one left the fans smiling.

Sports Illustrated
September 7, 1992
War Stories;Lance Alworth and Willie Brown, rivals from the bump-and-run era, recall their classic battles and reflect on today’s less-physical game
Paul Zimmerman

“There’s still a place for the big receiver,” Alworth said. “I like watching Art Monk, the way he fights for the ball. You don’t see a lot of guys doing that. And Jerry Rice is in a class by himself.”

“Rice reminds me of you,” Brown said. “So quick getting off the line, real fluid downfield, and then that extra gear, that overdrive and the leaping ability. Zoom, zoom, and it’s over. That’s what fooled people about Rice, coming into the pros. They didn’t understand his speed. They went by the stopwatch, but he had competitive speed, football speed.”

“One thing receivers like Rice and Monk have now is a system that allows them to break patterns,” Alworth said. “They have their own optional reads. We had to run disciplined patterns. We couldn’t break them. I knew what the defense was doing on my side, but I didn’t pay attention to the whole design.

Dallas Morning News 
December 12, 1999
Irvin on right track for Hall of Fame
Jean-Jacques Taylor

“Numbers can be cheap,” said Paul Zimmerman of Sports Illustrated, “because they don’t tell you whether it was a quality catch or an eight-yard hitch. Guys in the league right now are setting new standards for receivers.”

A receiver such as Art Monk, who caught 940 passes for 12,721 yards, put up Hall of Fame numbers, but there’s no guarantee he’ll ever get inducted.

Sports Illustrated
July 24, 2000
Paul Zimmerman
Irvin is tied for 10th alltime in receptions. Let’s look at the rest of the top 10, a list that makes up most of his competition for the Hall. Jerry Rice, the alltime leader, is a shoo-in. If Andre Reed, No. 2, doesn’t catch on with a team this year, he’ll be eligible at the same time as Irvin, and I’d vote for both of them; as a slot receiver, Reed was the key man in the multiple wideout offense that led the Bills to four Super Bowls. Art Monk, No. 3, has come up and been rejected; I would choose Irvin over Monk–just not enough action downfield for Art. Cris Carter, No. 4 and still active, will be another easy choice. Steve Largent, at 5, is in the Hall. Henry Ellard, sixth alltime, will be eligible in four years, but I see him as a case of being not quite as good as the candidates he’ll be up against each year. Irving Fryar (7) and Tim Brown (8) are still active. James Lofton, ninth alltime, has come up and has been rejected, despite my yes vote–he was a more serious deep threat than any of the others in the top 10. If he’s still on the ballot in five years, at the same time as Irvin, I’d probably go for both of them.

Finally, Charlie Joiner, who’s tied with Irvin at No. 10 with 750 catches, is already in the Hall, and it’s interesting to compare their numbers because they’re so similar. Joiner had 242 more career yards and a 16.2 yards-per-catch average to Irvin’s 15.9. They’re tied with 65 touchdowns apiece. Joiner was a popular player, well-liked by everybody, hardworking, modest. But he was basically a workhorse, a cog in a great San Diego passing machine that had other weapons, such as Kellen Winslow and J.J. Jefferson and Wes Chandler. Except for the four seasons in which he teamed with Alvin Harper, Irvin and tight end Jay Novacek made up Dallas’s passing attack. Irvin did it for many seasons without help, and he did it superbly. –Paul Zimmerman

Six Receivers Dr. Z Thinks Belong in the Hall

1. Lynn Swann (1974-82) His numbers aren’t good enough is the argument. My pitch has been quality over quantity. He saved his best for when the stakes were highest.

2. James Lofton (1978-93) He was so dynamic downfield that people forget he could operate as a possession receiver as well.

3. Otis Taylor (1965-75) Classic combination of size (6’3″, 215 pounds) and speed that everybody’s looking for now.

4. Mac Speedie (1946-52) Finest receiver for the Cleveland Browns teams when they terrorized the old All-America Conference.

5. Harold Carmichael (1971-84) Gigantic (6’8″) target who was amazingly effective downfield.

6. Art Powell (1959-68) Forgotten now, but the most feared receiver in the early days of the AFL.

Sports Illustrated
Thursday November 09, 2000
Meet the candidates
Dr. Z

Oh, man, what a roster. Lynn Swann, who will automatically go on the January ballot because he was a finalist last year, plus the following seven: Cliff Branch, Gary Clark, James Lofton, Art Monk, Drew Pearson, Ahmad Rashad and John Stallworth. Right now I’m looking at Pearson, Rashad and Lofton. I know there are a lot of Monk fans out there who point to his overwhelming numbers. He was very valuable for what he did — sitting down in the zone and catching the 10-yard hook for a first down — but I feel that my top three did more. As far as Stallworth is concerned, I keep telling the Pittsburgh guy on the committee to bring him up separately from Swann. Swann and Stallworth, as a paired entry, always serve to knock each other off. As far as Swann, I’ve always been in his corner. Not a tremendous amount of catches, but quality over quantity. He saved his best for when the stakes were highest.

Sports Illustrated
Wednesday January 24, 2001
My turn to give Hall passes
Dr. Z

Art Monk: His name has come up for years, and I’ve never voted for him and have always caught heat for it. My argument is always paired with my reasons for pushing hard for Lynn Swann. Quantity vs. quality. Monk caught a million passes, most of them eight-to-10-yard hooks. Swann made spectacular catches at the championship level. I can’t gauge Monk’s chances this time.

Sports Illustrated
Friday January 26, 2001
Vintage whining
Dr. Z

Joe B. of Eau Claire, Wis., feels that Art Monk’s durability, while he was running up his tremendous numbers, makes him more valuable than my man, Lynn Swann. Let’s put it this way: If you were putting together a team, which one would you want, a guy who’d get you first downs or a guy who’d get you touchdowns?

Sports Illustrated
Sunday August 05, 2001
Outside looking in 

Art Monk, Wide Receiver

Washington, N.Y. Jets, Philadelphia (1980-95)

A first-round draft choice from Syracuse, Dr. Z says Monk was very valuable for what he did — sitting down in the zone and catching the 10-yard hook for a first down. However, his career numbers are eye-catching: 224 games, 940 catches, 12,721 yards and 68 TDs.

Sports Illustrated
Wednesday December 18, 2002
Calling Hall stars
Dr. Z

Cliff Branch, Isaac Curtis, James Lofton, Art Monk, Drew Pearson, Sterling Sharpe, Wesley Walker. 

Well, they’d better pick their wideouts in a hurry, because the way things are going now, all the records are gonna drop fast. I think a Hall of Fame wideout has to be able to stretch the field, and that would eliminate Monk, a valuable receiver but a guy who made a career out of eight-yard hooks. Lofton had it all — size, speed, moves, intelligence — well, almost all, because he did drop the ball on occasion. But I like him the best of what’s here. Pearson was extremely valuable to the Cowboys organization, and a great team guy. I wonder if Sharpe would talk to the media if he were enshrined.

Sports Illustrated
Friday December 27, 2002
Whine and cheese
Dr. Z

Joe of Bridgeport, W.Va., wants to know how I can accuse Art Monk of building a career out of eight-yard hooks when his lifetime average was 13.5 yards per reception. I used the expression figuratively, not literally. Monk was a valuable person in Joe Gibbs’ bunch offense, the guy who sat down in the zone and got the Skins a first down. And he did it year after year. I just don’t think that’s enough of a skill for enshrinement.

Sports Illustrated
Wednesday July 31, 2002
Forsaking Hall others
Dr. Z

L.C. Greenwood, James Lofton, Art Monk and Harry Carson made it to the final 10 but not the last six. The only one I’m not behind is Monk, who at one time held the record for lifetime receptions. He wasa key member of Joe Gibbs’ great offenses in Washington, but I don’t think you make the Hall of Fame on 800 8-yard hook passes, particularly when I watched my two guys, Bob Hayes and Otis Taylor, real game-breakers who put their stamp on offensive football, get passed over year after year until they went from modern candidates to the Seniors pool, a swamp from which few people escape.

Sports Illustrated
Friday April 9, 2004 
Laying down the Law
Dr. Z

I wouldn’t take out my feelings about Dan Snyder on a solid player such as Monk. And this year at the Hall of Fame meeting I didn’t say a word about him, pro or con. The fact that he didn’t advance from the final 15 to the final 10 shows that other people weren’t on his side, either. Monk, to my mind, was very valuable in Joe Gibbs’ scheme as a third-down receiver, a guy who could sit down in the zone and catch the eight-yard hook and buy the Skins a first down. A lot of them. Whether or not this qualifies a guy for the Hall of Fame is for the selectors to decide.

Sports Illustrated
Wednesday July 21, 2004
Fame game
Dr. Z

Art Monk is another four-timer. A great possession receiver. Caught a lot of balls in Joe Gibbs’ system. Every time I mention that I didn’t vote for him because I simply felt that other people were more deserving than a guy who caught 900 eight-yard hooks, I wake up all the Washington diehards, who start screaming about my anti-Redskins bias. Start stirring, you folk out there. It will happen again.

Orlando Sentinel
January 31, 2005
Speeding Into History: Jacksonville Native Bob Hayes Won Olympic Gold Medals and a Super Bowl, Yet Proper Recognition Wasn’t as Swift
Mike Bianchi

Hayes was nominated by the Hall’s Veterans Committee last season, and when he failed to gain enough votes for induction, Paul Zimmerman of Sports Illustrated resigned from the committee and called those who voted against Hayes “assassins.”

“No, he didn’t catch as many balls as some other receivers, but he left his imprint on the game like few receivers have,” Zimmerman said. “He forced the zone defense and changed football. To me, that’s more impressive than Art Monk catching 108 balls on hook routes.”

Sports Illustrated
July 14, 2005
More Mailbag
Dr. Z

Q: Now that Tim Brown has retired, what are his chances of entering the Hall of Fame?
A: Good.

Q: Do you know how you will vote?

A: Yes.

Q: How does he compare to Art Monk?

A: Flashier but Monk had better hands.

And now we move on to … OK, OK, the unstated question. How will I vote? Negative. He dropped too many balls. All rippers for the next mailbag column, kindly check in with Andrew, who will issue you your registration form.

Sports Illustrated
February 4, 2006
Close but …
Dr. Z

SI.COM: How about Art Monk?

Dr. Z: Monk was hurt by Michael Irvin being eligible this year. It’s done alphabetically, and Irvin was presented before Monk. I think that really hurt him.

Sports Illustrated
February 4, 2006
Hall of Fame Q&A
Paul Zimmerman Any other comments on the guys who didn’t get in?

Dr. Z: Russ Grimm and Bob Kuechenberg may have canceled each other out. And Gary Zimmerman may have been knocked out by Wright getting in. They aren’t going to put in two offensive tackles. What about Art Monk?

Dr. Z: The negative is that when you played the Redskins, you didn’t say, “How can I stop Art Monk?” He wasn’t a focal figure. The positive about Monk: All he did was help the team win. He was a good, sturdy team guy. But that wasn’t enough.

Sports Illustrated
June 8, 2006
More Mailbag
Dr. Z

Just as we began to tiptoe through the tulips, here comes Mark of San Francisco with a nice fat rip about my “repeated refusal to recognize Art Monk as a Hall of Famer.” Sit down, Mark. Light your pipe. I’m gonna tell you a story.

In the early ’60s I was pretty fresh out of school and I worked for the long-defunct New York World Telegram & Sun. Our lead baseball writer was a famous old-timer named Dan Daniel. I mean everybody grew up reading Daniel. He had covered Ty Cobb and John McGraw and the whole schmeer. How famous was he? Well, once, when our boxing writer, Lester Bromberg, was covering a fight in Havana, he ran into Ernest Hemingway, who told him to “please remember me to that great writer, Dan Daniel.”

Dan used to write a weekly mailbag column called “Ask Daniel.” For some reason, a few of his readers seemed hooked on the idea that one of Babe Ruth’s record 60 home runs in 1927 really should have been a ground-rule double, since it had bounced into the stands. Dan would answer that question regularly … “No, no, a thousand times no … how many times must I repeat that it never happened?” It would drive him nuts. He’d sit in the office cursing. He had a pretty short fuse, Dan did.

Of course, the office had its share of wise guys, young writers such as Phil Pepe, and, of course, yours truly. So when the Babe Ruth letters to Dan would start flagging, we’d pipe a few ourselves. “Mr. Daniel, I really respect your work, but don’t you agree that one of Babe Ruth’s 60 homers was really … ” etc. And with each one, Dan would, of course, go more and more crazy. “Damn idiot!” And we’d snicker up our sleeves and poke each other in the ribs. Poor old Dan. It was like dogs baiting a bear.

That’s me with that Monk question. I answer it every 20 minutes. You DON’T get into the Hall of Fame catching 800 eight-yard hooks.

Sports Illustrated
June 28, 2006
Who should Canton call? Weak ’07 class could open door for recent also-rans
Paul Zimmerman

The Hall of Fame class of 2007 will be the Year of the Rehash.

Of the first-time eligibles coming up, only Bruce Matthews, who put in 19 seasons with the Houston Oilers and the Tennessee Titans, would be considered a strong candidate, and even he isn’t what you’d call a shoo-in. I mean, I’ll probably wind up voting for him, but if it comes down to Matthews against another guard, holdover Bob Kuechenberg, my vote goes to Kooch, for whom I’ve been pushing as long as I can remember.

Not that the class of ’07 is composed of stiffs. They’re good players, but going down the list, the strongest candidates I can find — Matthews, QB Randall Cunningham, guards Randall McDaniel and Steve Wisniewski, safety LeRoy Butler, tackle Erik Williams — are not, to my mind, Hall of Famers, at least compared with the people who have lost out in recent years.

So for two hours or so we will rehash the same names that have been floating around for the last two or three years and have gotten bumped in the final round. You know who they are — L.C. Greenwood, Claude Humphrey, Russ Grimm, Art Monk, my man Kuechenberg, Derrick Thomas, Michael Irvin, Thurman Thomas, Gary Zimmerman. A lot of strong names there; I’m not sure that Matthews will even make it to the final round of 15 and get his name entered in the debate.

Sports Illustrated
July 6, 2006
Showing up is half the battle
Paul Zimmerman

Now we come to a point that I’ve answered, oh, maybe, 5,000 times, but for the sake of poetic integrity, let me repeat the e-mail that Jimmy, who learned his trade from the Marquis de Sade, saw fit to torment me with … make that with which to torment me: “I hate you with a passion so deep, and I will continue to do so until you come to your senile senses, quit writing about wine in a sports magazine and put Art Monk in the hall.” Dear Dan of Silver Spring, Md.: Catching 800 eight-yard hooks does not make a Hall of Famer, which is the same reply I’ve given your two or three other correspondences … you remember, the ones you wrote on toilet paper in crayon.

Sports Illustrated
October 5, 2006
Tough Call for the Hall
Paul Zimmerman

Wide Receivers
They’re lining up four deep. There are 13 of them, and more will come from year to year because the numbers will be overwhelming, almost meaningless after a while. I have four names penciled in: Harold Carmichael, Henry Ellard, Michael Irvin and Andre Reed. If I’d have to predict which one will go all the way, I’d say Irvin. Art Monk again will provide spirited debate, for those of us who manage to remain awake throughout this old reprise. Please, Redskins fans, no e-mails at this particular time. Save ’em for January.

February 3, 2007
Hall of Fame Q&A with Dr. Z
Paul Zimmerman Why didn’t Art Monk get elected?

Dr. Z: My feeling is that Monk was a great player. But when you played the Redskins, he was not the guy you had to stop. He was a very functional player. A great team guy. But I liked two wideouts better this year. Irvin and Andre Reed.

Will the improvement of receivers’ statistics in recent years hurt Monk’s chances of making it in the future?

Oh yeah. I think his best chance might have been when he first came on the ballot, because he was still near the top of the all-time lists then, but he’ falling. What happened to the all the pass-rushers on the final list of 17 nominees?

Dr. Z: They all canceled themselves out. Fred Dean, Richard Dent, Derrick Thomas and Andre Tippett were all great. But how do you distinguish between them? It wasn’t easy. A guy you’re a big backer of, Bob Kuechenberg, was passed over. Do you think he’s going to make it eventually?

Dr. Z: It’s going to be tough. This year there were a lot of offensive linemen. Bruce Matthews, who made it, Russ Grimm, Gary Zimmerman. And then Randall McDaniel is coming soon. It’s going to be tough for offensive linemen.

Sports Illustrated
August 10, 2007

NFL Mailbag
Dr. Z

The Hall of Fame (I thought we were over that last week) comes surging to the fore, and the name that simply won’t go away, that of Art Monk, has drawn what Andrew described as “triple-figure e-mails.” He has chosen, as the spokesman for this group, Chris of Martinsburg, W. Va., who presents a pretty solid case for this ex-Redskins wideout. Once we get past the usual list of statistics (yawn), we get to the real stuff:

“His team speech about recommitment near the end of the previous season seemed to be a real momentum-builder for the Super Bowl run in 1991. He blocked and never cried about not getting the damn ball. He didn’t have a long term relationship with Montana, Young or Marino. He had at least four QBs while in DC.”

OK, we all know that I have been a Monk negative for many years. My line has been “catching 800 8-yard hooks just doesn’t do it for me.” Maybe it’s time to take a closer look at that rather supercilious observation. Maybe a player who has drawn such a loyal following, year in year out, deserves more serious consideration. And perhaps those Redskin fans aren’t mere nudniks, as I’ve unfortunately come to regard them, but people who might, just might, have a more accurate reading on the situation than I do. I’m not saying that you’re swinging me over completely; it’s just that I’m a lot closer to Monk’s legitimacy as a Hall of Famer than I used to be.

Chris, the chosen spokesman, says, incidentally, that he interned for the Redskins last year at RFK, “and I think I sat next to you at a game. I borrowed one of your pencils without asking and you didn’t yank it out of my hand. You must be a pretty decent guy.”

Well, Chris, you didn’t and I’m not. I wasn’t at RFK last year, and if that would have been me and you swiped one of my pencils without telling me, you’d have gotten one right in the throat and you’d be talking funny right now. You must have mistaken either Tony Kornheiser or Mike Wilbon for me. The only reason I’m forgiving you for something you really didn’t do is your observation, “I’m also married to a flaming redhead and am in the doghouse.” Probably for stealing pencils.

Sports Illustrated
October 18, 2007

NFL Mailbag
Dr. Z
Frank of Bel Air, Md. — “I’m not an old fogy and I want those lineups, too. Now, if we could just get you to come around on Art Monk for the Hall of Fame, you’d be 100 percent.”

Take heart. I’m softening my position on Art.

Early Call for the Hall
Sports Illustrated
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Dr. Z

I’m tired of being a negative. I’m tired of all the impassioned letters asking me what did he ever do to me. I’ve been thinking long and hard about this. OK, he caught a lot of short passes but he also bought a lot of first downs, and he was a terrific team guy, well-respected and a pleasure from whom to borrow money. Why must I continue to pound a shoe on the table?

“Because the heel is falling off,” says The Flaming Redhead. Hey, can’t you see this is serious? What’s the matter with you?

Where was I? Oh yeah, Art Monk. OK. He’s got my vote. D.C. e-mailers can mail their contributions to me, care of the office.


  1. James Lofton played in more games and only had 7 more touchdowns than Monk, but to Mr. Zimmerman Lofton was a touchdown machine.

    John Stallworth, caught less passes, for less yards and scored less touchdowns then Mr. Monk…yet to Mr. Zimmerman, John Stallworth is a hall of famer.

    Teams didn’t game plan for Monk? He was the first receiver in NFL history to catch 100 balls in a season! When you line up against a 1,000 yard receiver you better game plan for him, or you are going to lose…

    …but maybe that is why the Redskins were a great team during Monk’s tenure…maybe it was because nobody ever had a gameplan to stop Art Monk.

    Comment by Chris Giglio — May 11, 2006 @ 1:08 pm

  2. I found this:

    As Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman of Sports Illustrated, opined in The New Thinking Man’s Guide to Pro Football: guys like Monk “(have) never drawn big salaries, and these kinds of players never will. All they do is win ballgames for you.”

    On this web site:…p=KRC520578&x=x

    Does anybody have this book? I wonder if Dr. Z forgot he said it.

    Comment by Peter Palenchar — July 12, 2006 @ 10:10 am

  3. One thing many writers like you fail to realize is that Monk was probably the smartest WR and most consistent WR. On 3rd down, he always knew where the first down marker was and made sure he passed it before he made is cut 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. Nor would he drop passes on one hand while at the same time bad mouth everybody else like T.O.
    You claim his YPC is low. What is wrong 13.5? Its higher than Harrison, Carter, and Rod Smith’s YPC. And 0.2 less than Brown and 0.4 less than Reed. You claim he only made 3 pro bowls. So did Joiner, Swann, Riggins, and Bradshaw.

    Comment by joe — October 25, 2006 @ 8:23 pm

  4. When you consider Irvin had Aikman & Emmitt his whole career, Reed had Kelly & Thomas his whole career, and Monk had no HOF QB, only had Riggo for 5 yrs, and also that he came into the league before receivers started getting the ball a lot, Irvin and Reed dont look all that great. 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 all time in rcvg yds. Now who do you think was the better receiver? Especially for his time.
    I know he didnt grant many interviews,and he doesnt wear purple or gold suits and didnt do rediculous endzone celebrations. But thats no reason to underrate him.

    Comment by joe — October 25, 2006 @ 8:34 pm

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

    Comment by joe — October 25, 2006 @ 8:39 pm

  6. Definitely give Ellard a nod over Irvin. He played on bad teams his whole career and still put up great numbers.

    Comment by cdawg — October 26, 2006 @ 1:41 pm

  7. 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 @ 10:46 pm

  8. In considering Monk vs. Cris Carter, Tim Brown and Andre Reed, it should be noted that Monk’s personal playoff stats are the best of the bunch. His yards per game, catches per game, and yards per catch numbers beat out those of Carter, Brown, and Reed. Carter and Reed have Very Small advantages in TDs per game, while Monk beats out Brown even in this category. Playoff TD numbers are close, even though all of these other guys played in passing-first offenses, while Monk’s Redskins teams were power running teams at heart. If you compare each of these guys’ numbers in NFC/AFC Championship games, Monk sweeps ALL categories, outgaining the next best candidate by nearly 40 YARDS a game!
    Not only this, but Monk and the Redskins faced Much better competition in their playoff games. If you compare these candidates based on the number of Super Bowl winners and losers they played during their post season exploits, you’ll find that Monk and the ‘Skins come out WAY on top.
    Consider these purely anectdotal facts: Carter and the Vikings lost their two NFC Championship game appearances to the Chris Chandler-led Atlanta Falcons and the Kerry Collins-led NY Giants. Monk and the ‘Skins NEVER lost a playoff game to a team that was more than 2 years removed from a Super Bowl championship. I’ve created a statistic to compare the greatness of playoff opponents called the POGQ (playoff opponent greatness quotient) which I will not trouble you with here. Suffice to say, Monk and the ‘Skins win out in that comparison. Not only that, the teams who Monk and the ‘Skins faced in the playoffs actually had a higher regular season winning percentage than those faced by Carter, Brown or Reed.

    So Monk put up better personal playoff numbers, while his team was winning a higher percentage of their playoff games, against stronger playoff competition, and bringing home Super Bowl rings.
    All those pro bowls these other guys went to must look pretty insignificant.

    I have prepared a powerpoint presentation on this subject. If the person running this site would like a copy, please e-mail me and let me know where I can send it as an attachment.

    Comment by remember the redskins — September 28, 2007 @ 10:24 am

  9. Okay, here’s another list I’ve compiled. I don’t have perfect data, so if anyone has more complete information or remembers a catch that I’m not listing here, please post here and let us all know.
    So here we go…


    1) wk 10 v. Chicago Bears
    40 yard catch
    2) wk 13 v. Atlanta Falcons
    41 yard catch
    3) wk 16 v. St. Louis Cardinals
    54 yard TD
    4) wk 3 v. St. Louis Cardinals
    79 yard TD
    5) wk 9 v. St. Louis Cardinals
    38 yard TD
    6) wk 13 v. Buffalo Bills
    25 yard TD
    7) wk 16 v. Los Angeles Rams
    64 yard catch
    8) 34 yard catch
    9) wk 1 v. Philadelphia Eagles
    43 yard catch
    10) 28 yard catch
    11) 27 yard catch (vs. Herman Edwards to set up game-winning FG in OT)
    12)wk 9 v. San Diego Chargers
    25 yard catch (acrobatic twisting catch of ball thrown well behind him followed by being hit by defender)
    13)wk 12 v. Los Angeles Rams
    46 yard pass completion (one of only two passes thrown in career)
    14)wk 15 v. Dallas Cowboys
    43 yard TD (division and top seed-deciding showdown, this TD followed by ruckus in end zone as Cowboys attempted to stop “Fun Bunch” celebration)
    15) Divisional round of Playoffs v. Los Angeles Rams
    40 yard TD
    16) 21 yard TD
    17)wk 5 v. Philadelphia Eagles
    51 yard TD
    18)wk 6 v. Indianapolis Colts
    48 yard TD
    19)wk 15 v. Dallas Cowboys
    18 yard rush (on reverse on scoring drive)
    20)wk 16 v. St. Louis Cardinals
    23 yard TD
    21) 36 yard catch (breaks single-season catches record with this catch)
    22) 20 yard catch (on 3rd and 19, sets up game-winning FG in showdown for division title)
    23)wk 9 v. Atlanta Falcons
    34 yard TD
    24)wk 11 v. NY Giants
    44 yard catch (on 1st play from scrimmage after Theismann’s broken leg on Monday Night Football)
    25) 50 yard catch
    26)wk 15 v. Cincinnati Bengals
    4 yard TD (part of 17-point comeback and 230-yard day for Monk)
    27)wk 3 v. San Diego Chargers
    38 yard catch (deep tipped ball)
    28) 40 yard catch
    29) 58 yard catch (part of 11-point comeback and 195 total yards day for Monk)
    30)wk 4 v. Seattle Seahawks
    69 yard catch
    31)wk 9 v. Minnesota Vikings
    35 yard catch
    32) 34 yard TD (part of OT thriller)
    33)wk 12 v. Dallas Cowboys
    35 yard catch
    34)wk 15 v. Denver Broncos
    55 yard TD
    35) Divisional round of Playoffs v. Chicago Bears
    28 yard TD (victimized “46″ blitz)
    36) 23 yard TD (eventual game-winning score against CB who had only given up one TD all year)
    37) NFC Championship Game v. NY Giants
    48 yard catch
    38)wk 1 v. Philadelphia Eagles
    39 yard TD
    39) Super Bowl XXII v. Denver Broncos
    40 yard catch (1st completion by Doug Williams in game; came on 3rd and 16; Monk’s first game action since mid-season injury)
    40)wk 7 v. Phoenix Cardinals
    46 yard TD
    41)wk 15 v. Dallas Cowboys
    41 yard catch
    42)wk 2 v. Philadelphia Eagles
    43 yard TD
    43)wk 3 v. Dallas Cowboys
    40 yard catch
    44)wk 12 v. Chicago Bears
    18 yard TD (part of 152 yard 2 TD day for Monk)
    45)wk 15 v. Atlanta Falcons
    34 yard TD
    46) 60 yard TD
    47)wk 2 v. San Francisco 49ers
    35 yard TD
    48)wk 7 v. Philadelphia Eagles
    44 yard catch
    49)wk 9 v. Detroit Lions
    40 yard catch (on 3rd and 15 in OT on game-winning drive; 13-catch 168 yard day for Monk)
    50) Wild Card Playoff Game v. Philadelphia Eagles
    28 yard catch
    51) 16 yard TD (eventual game-winning score)
    52) Divisional Round Playoff Game v. San Francisco 49ers
    31 yard TD
    53) 40 yard catch
    54)wk 2 v. Dallas Cowboys
    37 yard TD (Monday Night Football)
    55)wk 4 v. Cincinnati Bengals
    54 yard catch
    56) 30 yard catch
    57)wk 5 v. Philadelphia Eagles
    19 yard TD
    58)wk 6 v. Chicago Bears
    26 yard TD
    59)wk 7 v. Cleveland Browns
    14 yard TD (diving catch; passed Charlie Joiner for 2nd on career receptions list with this catch)
    60)wk 11 v. Atlanta Falcons
    32 yard catch
    61) 19 yard TD
    62) 64 yard TD
    63)wk 12 v. Pittsburgh Steelers
    63 yard catch
    64) 11 yard TD (barely got both sets of toes in bounds)
    65) NFC Championship Game v. Detroit Lions
    31 yard catch
    66) 21 yard TD
    67) Super Bowl XXVI v. Buffalo Bills
    12 yard catch
    68) 17 yard catch
    69) 19 yard catch (on 3rd and 14)
    70) 31 yard catch
    71) 17 yard catch (Monk had 7 catches for 113 yards)
    72)wk 6 v. Denver Broncos (Monday Night Football)
    18 yard catch (tied Steve Largent for most career receptions)
    73) 10 yard catch (broke record for most career catches)
    74)wk 14 v. NY Giants
    42 yard TD
    75)wk 17 v. Los Angeles Raiders
    49 yard TD
    76) 43 yard catch
    77)wk 1 v. Dallas Cowboys (Monday Night Football)
    28 yard catch
    78) 15 yard TD
    79)wk 13 v. Miami Dolphins
    69 yard catch
    80)wk 15 v. Detroit Lions
    5 yard catch (set record for most consecutive games with a catch)
    81)wk 17 v. Chicago Bears
    36 yard catch (broke arm on play; last catch of career)

    I remembered most of these before I looked them up for the details. I remembered most of the rest of them once I’d been reminded about them.
    You’ll notice how many of them are not 8-yard outs. This list stands as partial proof that Monk was fully capable of stretching the field. Should Gibbs really have sent smurfs like Alvin Garrett, Virgil Seay, and Ricky Sanders over the middle on those short routes where they would get pounded? If you say yes, you’re just mean.

    Comment by remember the redskins — October 18, 2007 @ 5:45 pm

  10. Thanks to the availability of some fan-generated highlight packages, I’ve identified 5 more long catches by Monk:

    Wk 15 ’85 v. Cinncinatti Bengals
    49 yd catch,
    50 yd catch
    40 yd catch

    Divisional round of playoffs v. Chicago Bears
    37 yd catch

    Reg. season ’89 v. Chicago Bears
    41 yd catch

    I’m sure there are probably more than I’ve found, but this is a start.

    Comment by remember the redskins — January 31, 2008 @ 7:23 am

  11. I’m just glad he finally made it in
    the people who have said that teams
    were more worried about Gary Clark then Art Monk they had to be kidding. Art is one of the 5 greatest WR’s ever to play period.

    Comment by Luis Landa — May 22, 2008 @ 11:55 am

  12. Zimmerman has to be glad this controversy is over.

    Comment by remember the redskins — July 20, 2008 @ 8:18 am

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