The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

The Competition

When Art Monk’s name comes up in Hall of Fame voting, he will be compared to three groups of people:

  • The other Hall of Fame candidates
  • Other wide receivers in the Hall of Fame
  • His peer wide receivers not yet in the Hall


  1. With Art Monk’s size, toughness, and blocking ability, to put his career in perspective, maybe he should best be thought of in comparison to a prolific TE like Shannon Sharpe. If you compare their careers and then adjust for the fact that Monk was a flanker, they compare very favorably. I think without question that Shannon Sharpe is a HOF TE. Monk was a “blocking” WR an unselfish and indispensible part of the Hogs ground game. Here are the links to Shannon Sharpe’s career stats. It’s amazing how well they line up. Monk finished with 125 more catches for approx. 2K more yards and 6 more career TDs. Both won 3 Super Bowls. If you think of Art Monk as a receving TE that happened to line up near the sideline, you would have a good picture of the kind of player he was: in a nutshell, he was Shannon Sharpe lined up as a flanker, minus Shannon’s famous mouth.

    Comment by Kurtis Gentry — July 31, 2007 @ 9:59 pm

  2. Art Monk compares favorably to Jimmy Smith and Rod Smith. See stat lines below. Difference is: Jimmy Smith doesn’t have any rings.

    Jimmy Smith:

    Rod Smith:

    Art Monk:

    True, in 1989, Monk was not the leading receiver. But take a look at “The Posse’s” numbers. I can’t remember a time when a single team had three 1,000 yd. receivers in the same year. The Posse did it with Clark, Monk, and Sanders.

    | Gary Clark | 15 | 2 19 9.5 0 | 79 1229 15.6 9 |
    | Art Monk | 16 | 3 8 2.7 0 | 86 1186 13.8 8 |
    | Ricky Sanders | 16 | 4 19 4.8 0 | 80 1138 14.2 4 |

    Comment by Kurtis Gentry — July 31, 2007 @ 11:11 pm

  3. Monk’s ahead of both Duper and Clayton in both receptions and yards and Duper on TDs and Monk didn’t have Marino throwing him the ball.

    Comment by Kurtis Gentry — July 31, 2007 @ 11:29 pm

  4. Monk had almost 400 more catches and 2,000 more yards than Stanley Morgan with only 4 fewer TDs. If you throw in post-season contributions, they’re tied on career TDs at 75.

    Comment by Kurtis Gentry — July 31, 2007 @ 11:33 pm

  5. Monk finished with 89 more catches than Irving Fryar. Fryar finished with 64 more total yards (12,785 vs. 12,721) and 16 more TDs, 11 more if you count post season TDs.

    Comment by Kurtis Gentry — July 31, 2007 @ 11:46 pm

  6. This link says it all.

    Comment by Kurtis Gentry — July 31, 2007 @ 11:46 pm

  7. 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 @ 10:33 am

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