The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

Playing Politics

The best way to get Art Monk into the Hall of Fame is to honestly advocate for him based on his credentials.  Unfortunately, this has not worked for the past seven years, and the reality is that there is more to the process than simply electing the best candidates each year.

There are a few clearly identifiable phenomenae that affect Hall of Fame voting:

  • First Ballot Hall of Famers receive special scrutiny.  Great players like Art Monk will get a boost in their first year of eligibility while more borderline players will get less support in their first year of eligibility
  • The Last Year of Eligibility for a player will usually result in a boost to make up for decades of snubs.
  • Players at the same position can get caught in a logjam that keeps them all out of the Hall.
    • Other Wide Receivers will hurt Art’s chances
    • Logjams at Other Positions will help Art’s chances
  • Players on the same team can get caught in a logjam that keeps them all out of the Hall.
    • Other Redskins will hurt Art’s chances
    • Teammates on Other Teams will help Art’s chances


  1. 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 @ 10:29 am


    *From Ty of Birmingham. “What is the knock on Kenny, The Snake, Stabler?” and I’ll cut the question off right here because I’m just the chap to answer it for you because I’m the leading negative voice.

    In his prime, while it lasted, he was very accurate. Then he became consistently inaccurate. His teammates wondered why. That’s as far as I’ll take this one. A few years ago, the person presenting him at the enshrinement meeting mentioned how he had “always been cooperative with the media.” My hand shot up as if it were on a spring, and I reminded this ninny about how the Snake invited Bob Padecky of the Sacramento Bee down to the Redneck Riviera to do some offseason interviewing. And when Padecky showed up, all of a sudden Kenny’s buddies on the Mobile PD found some drugs that had been planted in the writer’s car, and off he went to the joint. For a night. Then he was released with no charges filed. Yeah, Kenny will make it. After I’m morto.*

    That came from none other than Dr. Z.

    Now I don’t blame anybody for holding this particular incident against the Snake (Stabler’s nickname), but the fact that his relationship with the press even came up is very suspect. Now maybe Z is just telling an anecdote here, but wow, it jumped off the page at me. This is a first hand eyewitness account of the Hall of Fame voters making decisions based on their relationships with the nominated players. While this sort of incident would tend to make anybody mad, isn’t it logical to infer that a guy who just didn’t talk to them very much, LIKE MONK, might also get less benefit of the doubt?
    What does everyone else think?

    Comment by remember the redskins — November 13, 2007 @ 5:33 pm

  3. Remember the Redskins: Thanks for your support of Art Monk. I used some of your information in my article at

    Comment by Mike Frandsen — January 18, 2008 @ 1:33 am

  4. The note here about teammates, might have come half-true. While it can be argued that Cris Carter and Randall McDaniel might’ve stolen votes from one another (voters might have felt funny putting two guys in at the same time from a team that never played in a Super Bowl), the sentimental idea of putting the long-snubbed Monk in at the same time as his longtime teammate Darrell might have helped Monk this time around. The voters will have another opportunity to prove this theory wrong next year, as Carter and McDaniel should again be high on many people’s lists.

    Comment by remember the redskins — July 1, 2008 @ 5:26 pm

  5. Another possibility for teammates next year would be Bruce Smith and Andre Reed. My personal belief is that Bruce Smith and Cris Carter will go in next year, McDaniel getting in sonmetime in the following couple of years. Reed will, unfortunately, have a hard time getting in any time soon, with Carter, Jerry Rice, and Tim Brown all eligible now or in 2010. Depending on when players decide to retire, he may also be obstructed by Marvin Harrison, Jimmy Smith, Isaac Bruce, Rod Smith, etc.

    Comment by remember the redskins — July 1, 2008 @ 5:30 pm

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