The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

Tony Grossi

Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer

Vote: Maybe No (4/10)

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

Keyshawn Johnson

Grossi: “No way ever is he good enough to make the Hall of Fame. He’s one of the most overrated players of my time, and his time.”

Cleveland Plain Dealer
September 25, 2005
A move that legends are made of
Tony Grossi

Finding room in the Hall: In a recent rule change, the Pro Football Hall of Fame limits its induction class to a maximum of six each year. That means somebody very deserving won’t make it in 2006.

Take a look at some of the candidates who are eligible for the first time: Troy Aikman, Warren Moon, Thurman Thomas, Irving Fryar, Andre Reed, Reggie White.

And the candidates who have been knocking on the door: Michael Irvin, Art Monk, Harry Carson.

And the two candidates already voted to the finalist list of 15 by the senior committee: John Madden and Rayfield Wright.

Cleveland Plain Dealer
January 22, 2006
Tony Grossi

Q:Hey, Tony: How can you not vote for Art Monk for the Hall of Fame? He had 940 career catches, 12,721 yards, 68 touchdowns, and 106 catches in a season when no one got near 100. How has he gone this long without getting compared to Steve Largent, James Lofton, etc.? — Tyrone O’Connor, Detroit

A:Hey, Tyrone: One of the knocks on Monk has been that he made the Pro Bowl three times in 16 years. Thus, if he was not considered one of the best receivers of his era, how could he be considered one of the best of all time? I go into each Hall of Fame meeting with an open mind and intend to listen intently to the latest debate on Monk on Feb. 4.

Hey, Tony!
March 05, 2006
Tony Grossi 

Q: Hey, Tony: A few weeks ago you mentioned that you were keeping an open mind regarding former Washington Redskins receiver Art Monk and the other Hall of Fame candidates. How did you end up voting on Monk? – Ted Jou, Charlottesville, Va.

A: Hey, Ted: I listened intently and simply could not put Monk into the final six of an extremely strong class. Having participated in the debate on Monk for years, I feel he is destined to make it – possibly next year. I actually think Russ Grimm may be the better candidate from those great Redskins teams.


  1. Tony, So what if Monk only made 3 pro bowls. Joiner, Swann, Bradshaw, & Newsome only made 3 probowls and John Riggins only made 1. Not only did Monk put up big numbers, he also did so in a tough division with great defenses. He was the 1st recvr to catch 100 in a season, 900 in a career, and the 1st have 183 straight games with a reception, a mark that only Rice has reached. He did all that with mediocre QBs

    Comment by Cammo — September 17, 2006 @ 7:55 pm

  2. Tony, So what if Monk only made 3 pro bowls. Joiner, Swann, Bradshaw, & Newsome only made 3 probowls and John Riggins only made 1. Not only did Monk put up big numbers, he also did so in a tough division with great defenses. He was the 1st recvr to catch 100 in a season, 900 in a career, and the 1st have 183 straight games with a reception, a mark that only Rice has reached. He did all that with mediocre QBs

    Comment by Cammo — September 17, 2006 @ 7:56 pm

  3. Monk was also named to the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team. Monk was also named the 91st best football player of all time by the Sporting News, ranking him behind only 8 receivers. 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 always made sure had two feet down before he went out of bounce to make the catch.

    Comment by cdawg — October 27, 2006 @ 7:54 pm

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

    Comment by cdawg — October 27, 2006 @ 7:56 pm

  5. When you consider Irvin had Aikman & 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, Monk was the 1st receiver to record 100 catches in a season, 900 in a career,record a 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 27, 2006 @ 8:01 pm

  6. Jerry Kramer, Green Bay, was selected as an All-Pro 5 times, he won 5 World Championship titles including the first 2 Superbowls
    and he was named as a guard on the 50th Anniversary NFL Team in 1970.
    Why isn’t he in the HOF!?!?!

    Comment by Robert Belanger — November 27, 2006 @ 3:22 pm

  7. Pro bowl is overrated. Romo is going this year and he has never did anything in the NFL thats how much that is a joke. Art Monk is the man and was the man before Jerry Rice. He has everything a HOF’er should have. Stats, Rings and respect. If you don’t vote him in then something is really wrong with the voting. If I see somebody like M Erving get in before him then you guys that vote need your votes taking away.

    Comment by Mark Barnette — January 10, 2007 @ 10:12 pm

  8. 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 @ 10:49 pm

  9. What is your take on Harold Baines, Bert Blyleven, Andre “the Hawk” Dawson, and Alan Trammell?
    Do they belong in Cooperstown?
    Why or why not?

    Comment by Jonathan Goldstein — October 31, 2009 @ 8:40 am

  10. What is your take on Harold Baines, Bert Blyleven, Andre “the Hawk” Dawson, and Alan Trammell? Do they belong in Cooperstown?
    Why or why not?

    Comment by Jonathan Goldstein — October 31, 2009 @ 8:41 am

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