The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign


What others have said about Art Monk:


Jerry Rice
Sports Illustrated
Sunday October 25, 1998
All Mine 

“There’s no doubt [Monk] was one of the best receivers to ever play the game and it’s an honor to break his record,” Rice said. “Art Monk, he was an ideal receiver. The thing I liked about him was that he would show up for every game and go out there and play.”


Ronnie Lott

Westchester Journal News
February 2, 2002
Hall of Fame has to find room for Monk
Barry Stanton

Art Monk was an example for Jerry Rice,” Ronnie Lott said. “That’s what Jerry always told me.”

Lott, a Hall of Fame defensive back, played with Rice in the 49ers’ dynasty, and then with Monk when the two spent the 1994 season with the Jets.

“There’s nothing negative to say,” Lott said. “He has the numbers, the catches, the championships.”

“You have a Hall of Fame for all it represents,” Lott said. “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.”

“If he doesn’t get in,” Lott said, “it doesn’t make sense.”


Michael Irvin
The Monroe News Star
June 11, 2006
Talking with … Michael Irvin
By Paul J. Letlow

Q: Who is not in the Hall of Fame now who should be?

A: Art Monk comes to mind right away. At the time he retired, he was the all-time leader in the league in receptions.

There are no definite parameters for what it is. No certain number of catches or yardage.

The reality for me is this. If you caught a lot of passes and didn’t win — Andre Reed caught 1,000 passes but didn’t win a Super Bowl. OK.

But when you catch a lot of passes and win Super Bowls, you should be a lock. That’s not saying I caught a lot of passes. I only caught 750. But Ark Monk is like nine-something.


Mark Schlereth

ESPN SportsCenter
Saturday, February 3, 2007
Superbowl Coverage

“[F]or Art Monk not to be in is an absolute travesty. … It’s an indictment on the Hall of Fame voters. … James Arthur Monk is one of the best to play the game. … I am dumbfounded …”


Jim Kelly
NFL Network
Saturday, February 3, 2007
Hall of Fame Inductee Announcement

“Art Monk … I still can’t believe he’s not in.”

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