The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

Hall of Fame Voting

Art Monk first became eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2001, and he has been a finalist each year.  Here is the voting history:

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2001: Top 10

14-11 cut: Harry Carson, Dave Casper, Dan Hampton, John Stallworth
11-7 cut: Lester Hayes, Art Monk, Bill Parcells, Ralph Wilson
Rejected in final 7: none
Inductees: Nick Buoniconti*, Jackie Slater, Mike Munchak, and Ron Yary, Lynn Swann, Jack Youngblood, Marv Levy 

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2002: Top 10

14-11 cut: Ray Guy, Art Modell, Donnie Shell
11-7 cut: Harry Carson, L.C. Greenwood, Lester Hayes, James Lofton, Art Monk
Rejected in final 7: Bill Parcells, Bob Kuechenberg
Inductees: Jim Kelly, John Stallworth, Dave Casper, Dan Hampton, George Allen*

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2003: Top 15

14-11 cut: Ken Stabler, Art Monk, Ralph Wilson
11-7 cut: Randy Gradishar, Claude Humphrey, Bob Kuechenberg, Gary Zimmerman
Rejected in final 7: Harry Carson, George Young
Inductees: James Lofton, Marcus Allen, Elvin Bethea, Joe DeLamielleure, Hank Stram*

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2004: Top 15

15-10 cut: Lester Hayes, Jim Marshall, Art Monk, Gary Zimmerman, George Young
10-6 cut: Harry Carson, Richard Dent, Cliff Harris, Bob Kuechenberg
Rejected in final 6: Bob Hayes*, Rayfield Wright
Inductees: Bob Brown*, Carl Eller, John Elway, Barry Sanders

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2005: Top 10

15-10 cut: Richard Dent, Claude Humphrey, Bob Kuechenberg, Roger Wehrli, George Young
10-6 cut: L.C. Greenwood, Russ Grimm, Art Monk, Derrick Thomas
Rejected in final 6: Michael Irvin, Harry Carson
Inductees: Dan Marino, Steve Young, Fritz Pollard*, Benny Friedman*

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2006: Top 15

15-10 cut: L.C. Greenwood, Russ Grimm, Art Monk, Derrick Thomas, Gary Zimmerman
10-6 cut: Claude Humphrey, Michael Irvin, Bob Kuechenberg, Thurman Thomas
Rejected in final 6: none
Inductees: Troy Aikman, Harry Carson, John Madden*, Warren Moon, Reggie White, Rayfield Wright*

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2007: Top 10

17-11 cut: Russ Grimm, Ray Guy, Bob Kuechenberg, Andre Reed, Paul Tagliabue
11-6 cut: Fred Dean, Richard Dent, Art Monk, Derrick Thomas, Andre Tippett
Rejected in final 6: none
Inductees: Gene Hickerson*, Michael Irvin, Bruce Matthews, Charlie Sanders*, Thurman Thomas, Roger Wehrli

http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/YearlyFinalists.jsp

12 Comments »

  1. I think these talented players deserve a more fair and greater shot at Canton the NFL Hall Of Fame !! Ed Too Tall Jones,Bob Kuchenberg,L.C. Greenwood,Kenny Anderson,Jim Marshall,Bruce Matthews,Jim Breech,Jerry Kramer, Issac Curtis,Roger Craig Thanks

    Comment by Brian Billett — November 13, 2006 @ 4:22 pm

  2. Please consider signing this petition to help get Jerry Kramer into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    Comment by Greg Arihood — January 10, 2007 @ 6:16 pm

  3. Apologies. The last comment did not include the petition website. It is: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/KramerHoF/

    Comment by Greg Arihood — January 10, 2007 @ 6:17 pm

  4. Monk, denied again, I can’t believe it, What is the criteria,stats or how many interviews you do. The man was an introvert and they are holding it against him, he didn’t do drugs, you never heard about him in trouble with the law a model citizen on & off the field, he has all the numbers including 3 Superbowls but not in. He numbers are better than all the receivers in the HOF, example Lynn Swann, 300 catches never led league in any stat but in the HOF because of Superbowl performances. Michael Irvin, Drugs & trouble with the law but in the HOF, troubles overlooked. It’s a sad day and there are more players who are very deserving, Ray Guy, but he’s a punter. Sorry I am letting off steam.

    Comment by jyeager — February 4, 2007 @ 1:38 am

  5. I agree totally and do not believe that he has not made it yet!! I am going to start my own petition to have this man make it for the next year!!

    Comment by Robin Wilkinson — May 1, 2007 @ 11:10 pm

  6. WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF YOUR VENDETTA AGAINST ART MONK? WHY HASN/T HE BEEN ELECTED TO THE HALL OF FAME?

    ART MONK’S NUMBERS ARE HIGHLY COMPETITIVE WITH, AND IN SOME CASES SUPERIOR TO, OTHERS WHO HAVE BEEN ELECTED TO THE HALL OF FAME. HE IS OF EXEMPLARY CHARACTER AND A GOOD ROLE MODEL FOR CHILDREN, NEVER HAVING BEEN SITED FOR ANY TYPE OF ILLEGAL, OFFENSIVE, OR EMBARASSING BEHAVIOR. IN RETIREMENT, HE CONTIUES TO LEAD A POSITIVE LIFE.

    ART MONK’S PERFROMANCE, WHICH WAS AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL, BROUGHT JOY TO MANY REDSKINS FANS SEASON AFTER SEASON. HE REALLY MADE IT WORTHWHILE AND INTERESTING TO BE A FOOTBALL FAN.

    YOUR FAILURE TO RECOGNIZE ART MONK’S STELLAR CONTRIBUTION TO THE SPORT OF PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL IS A BLIGHT ON THE ENTIRE HALL OF FAME PROGRAM. IT CERTAINLY MAKES ME WONDER WHAT THE WHOLE PROCESS IS WORTH AND WHETHER IT IS A WORTHY ENTERPRISE THAT MERITS ANYONE’S ATTENTION. THE HALL OF FAME’S FAILURE TO RECOGNIZE AN ATHLETE OF ART MONK’S STATURE RENDERS IT A FARCE. IS IT THE HALL OF FAME OR THE HALL OF SHAME?I CERTAINLY HOPE YOU WILL CORRECT THIS HORRENDOUS OVERSIGHT.

    Comment by SYLVIA E. ANDERSON — July 29, 2007 @ 8:58 pm

  7. Art Monk deserves to be in. The numbers speak for themselves. He was the glue on a Redskins receiving corp. that turned over at least a half dozen other starters during his tenure. He was Theisman’s favorite target. He is the Redskins’ greatest receiver of all time and led the Redskins to all 3 of their Super Bowl titles. They’ve not been back since his retirement. It’s a tribute to his greatness that his teammates had the success they did in the Super Bowl. With defenses keying on Monk, Sanders, Clark, et. al. were free to run in space largely against single coverage. Art Monk was Mr. Clutch. He was the guy who provided the deep threat to stretch a defense. He was the primary target on 3rd and long. He was the epitome of a “professional” wide receiver and deserves to be recognized among his peers for a sterling career. It’s a disgrace that he has not been inducted in six years.

    Comment by Kurtis Gentry — July 31, 2007 @ 8:35 pm

  8. i’m 34 and have watched art monk since his rookie year.He is not in the hall of fame for the same reason jim rice is not.They both ignored the media.the same morons that vote.marvin harrison will make it when he’s done,deserving,but his yard per catch is .1 less than art monks.he ,harrison,also is not in the media spot light so we’ll see what happens to him.my point is kiss medias butt and your all set.they are scum plain and simple.Art monk was the best 3rd down receiver ever he was a great blocking receiver and he made plays.he has more yards ,receptions and is fourth in tds over everyone in the hof.pretty baffling.i WILL HONESTLY CRY WHEN HE FINALLY GETS IN.iF I’M STILL ALIVE

    Comment by scott powers — November 18, 2007 @ 12:10 am

  9. While I feel Art Monk should go in to the HOF, I find some of the arguments rather silly on here. Monk needs to go in on his own merits, not on someone else’s failings.
    Example: His career yard per catch is .1 better than Marvin Harrision. But Harrision has twice as many as Tds. I think that outweighs .1
    Example: Another Monk fan favorite is comparing him to Lynn Swann’s numbers, and that Monk has 600 more catches. However, Swann yard per catch is THREE yards better than Monks. Plus Swann had 52 tds compared to Monk’s 68. So, in Monk’s 600 more catches, he was only able to hauled down 16 more tds?
    Example: Monk fans love to say that he didn’t have a HOF Qb ala most of the other receivers on the list. True. owever, Steve Largent didn’t have one either. Neither did James Lofton ( at least until he was very old with Jim Kelly) They were both comps to Monk. I would take Theisman over Lynn Dickey, Dave Krieg and Jim Zorn.
    Example: The offense. And this is Monk’s gordian knot. The Skins’ offense was ahead of its time and that did two things to Monk. It gave him a lot of catches, but it also killed his yards per catch. He essentially was putting up 1990s numbers in the 1980s. If Monk came a long in the 1990s, he would be Tim Brown and Cris Carter, and go directly into the HOF. However, when compared to guys such as Lofton, Largent, Henry Ellard and Stanley Morgan, his numbers aren’t as good in the context of the time. Receivers in the 1980s were still supposed to be touchdown grabbing gamebreakers who average 17 yards per catch. That wasn’t Monk. Is that fair to him? No.

    Comment by john b — December 12, 2007 @ 7:50 am

  10. John B-
    You make some interesting points here. It is true that I have gone to lengths to point out Monk’s strengths in comparison to the weaknesses of other candidates. It appears that this is the way the game is played. This is how Monk has been held out in the past. When Monk is criticized, it is done by comparing him to other WRs. Turnabout is fair play.

    I believe too, that every candidate should be inducted on his own strengths, but the voters have not seemed to appreciate Monk’s strengths to this point. We have been forced to argue each little point. This is where the ypc comparison with Harrison comes in. The Monk detractors say, “Monk’s ypc was too low.” We find other great WRs whose ypc was lower than Monk’s. When we seem to criticize Swann and Stallworth, it is not because we don’t think that they were great players. It is because we are pointing out that lots of guys who are in the Hall already have weak spots in their resumes. They were not judged based on their few weak points, and Monk shouldn’t be either. He should be judged based on the things which he DID do.

    He held three different league records at the end of his career. He also was a strong contributor to a team which went to four Super Bowls, winning three.

    His detractors claim that he was not good in the playoffs. This is probably their perception because A) he never had a Dwight Clark or Lynn Swann-type moment in the post season and B) he had a poor game in Super Bowl XVIII against the Raiders (check out Largent’s stats in the playoffs against these same Raiders, by the way: zero catches). This is, however, a misconception. While Monk does not have the amazing playoff numbers which made Irvin and Rice legends, he was actually a pretty strong playoff performer. His playoff numbers are better than his record-breaking regular season stats.
    His playoff catches per game and yards per game are better than all of these guys:
    Cris Carter, Steve Largent, Lance Alworth, Tim Brown, Gary Clark, Boyd Dowler, Henry Ellard, Irving Fryar, Marvin Harrison, Charlie Joiner, James Lofton, Don Maynard, Drew Pearson, Andre Reed, Ricky Sanders, John Stallworth, Lynn Swann, and Charley Taylor.

    His playoff yards per catch is better than these Pro Bowl contemporaries:
    Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Dwight Clark, Gary Clark, Henry Ellard, Irving Fryar, Roy Green, Drew Hill, Michael Irvin, Nat Moore, Andre Reed, Jerry Rice, and Andre Rison.

    I am not denigrating these fine players by pointing this out. I am merely trying to refute a common misconception.

    Monk had more career catches than any player currently in the Hall of Fame.

    Monk had more career rec. yards than these Hall of Fame players: Charlie Joiner, Michael Irvin, Don Maynard, Lance Alworth, Charley Taylor, Fred Biletnikoff, John Stallworth , Lynn Swann, and others.

    Again, I do not say this to insult these players, merely to show Monk’s quality and worthiness.

    If Monk was being judged on what he did rather than on what some people think he didn’t do, these comparisons would not be necessary. He would have been inducted by now. Unfortunately, that is not what has happened.

    Comment by remember the redskins — December 12, 2007 @ 12:26 pm

  11. Finally, at long last. We’ve done it. Congratulations Art.

    Comment by John — March 16, 2008 @ 11:13 am

  12. how can ray guy be kept out is he not the best all time at his position isnt that what the h.o.f is all about , or is it because hes a raider.

    Comment by jp hayes — September 19, 2009 @ 1:49 pm


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