The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

Vito Stellino

Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union
E-mail: vito.stellino@jacksonville.com

Vote: Unknown (5/10)

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Los Angeles Times
December 6, 1993
Washington Redskins
Vito Stellino

Speaking up: Art Monk, who rarely gives interviews, spoke on two different days to send a message that he doesn’t feel he is finished, even though he hasn’t played in the first half of the past two games and is obviously being phased out. “I’m not finished at this point. I believe in myself. I have confidence in myself. I’m not going to let anybody tell me what I can and cannot do. I just want to get through this year. When the offseason comes, I’ll think about what I’m going to do next.”

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Los Angeles Times
October 31, 1998
Jaguars’ McCardell Shows He’s Cut Above
Vito Stellino

McCardell got his first break when the Redskins drafted him and he got to learn from such receivers as Art Monk, Gary Clark and Ricky Sanders while spending the year on injured reserve.

“I learned the NFL game,” McCardell said. “I learned how to play at that level. I learned leadership from them. They always told me the players play the game, not the coaches. You have to go out there and make plays.”

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http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/051206/jag_hall.shtml
Florida Times-Union
May 12, 2006
Making the Hall will be tough call
Vito Stellino

Smith ranks seventh on the all-time receiving list with 862 catches and has more catches than any player currently in the Hall of Fame. But the standards have changed, as receiving totals have skyrocketed since 1978, when rules were passed that opened up the passing game. In order to increase scoring, defenders were prohibited from making contact with receivers beyond 5 yards from the line of scrimmage.

All of the benchmarks rose after the rules change. Three players not yet eligible for the Hall of Fame, Jerry Rice, Cris Carter and Tim Brown, have more than 1,000 catches. Art Monk retired in 1995 as the all-time leading receiver with 940 catches. He since has fallen to fourth and is still awaiting election.

“When you sit in that room, guys like Art Monk are debated at length because the numbers have exploded,” said Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com, a member of the selection board.

The fact Smith never played in a Super Bowl for the Jaguars doesn’t help, either.

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