The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

Peer Wide Receivers

  • Art Monk: 940rec 12,721yds 68tds (1980-1995)

Modern-day wide receivers have put up some impressive numbers.  Here is a list of receivers and the year they will become eligible for the Hall of Fame:

  • 2010 Jerry Rice: 1549rec 22,895yds 197tds (1985-2004)
  • 2008 Cris Carter: 1101rec 13,899yds 130tds (1987-2002)
  • (playing) Marvin Harrison: 927rec 12,331yds 110tds (1996-present)
  • 2010 Tim Brown: 1094rec 14,934yds 100tds (1988-2004)
  • (eligible) Andre Reed: 951rec 13,198yds 87tds (1985-2000)
  • (eligible) Irving Fryar: 851rec 12,785yds 84tds (1984-2000)
  • 2011 Jimmy Smith: 862rec 12,287yds 67tds (1992-2005)
  • (eligible) Gary Clark: 699rec 10,856yds 65tds (1985-1995)
  • (eligible) Henry Ellard: 814rec 13,777yds 65tds (1983-1998)
  • (playing) Keenan McCardell: 825rec 10,680yds 62tds (1992-present)


  1. That should be Shannon Sharpe, not Sterling

    Comment by Ben Etkin — March 24, 2007 @ 10:46 pm

  2. You’re right. I’ll actually take him off the list since he’s not a WR.

    Comment by DjTj — July 12, 2007 @ 10:17 am

  3. More Comparisons between Monk and Carter:

    In comparing the greatest games of Monk’s career to those of Carter, we are faced with interesting results. I’ll lay each guy’s yardage totals from his top performances out and rank them from #1 to #5, then put an asterisk next to the better stat.

    Monk’s #1 game in yardage: 230*
    Carter’s #1 game in yards: 168

    Monk #2: 200*
    Carter #2: 167

    Monk #3: 174*
    Carter #3: 162

    Monk #4: 168*
    Carter #4: 157

    Monk #5: 164*
    Carter #5: 151

    Monk’s #1 game in yardage: 163*
    Carter’s #1 game in yards: 120

    Monk #2: 126*
    Carter #2: 106

    Monk #3: 122*
    Carter #3: 93

    Monk #4: 113*
    Carter #4: 83

    Monk #5: 94*
    Carter #5: 83

    So, as you can see, in both the regular season and playoffs, Art Monk’s top five games in yardage are better than Cris Carter’s top five.

    “But wait!” you say, “this list doesn’t consider touchdowns!”

    This is true… OK let’s find each guy’s best five regular season and playoff games based on fantasy scoring. We’ll use the scoring system which the fantasy league I belong to employs. Every ten yards the player gains will earn 1 point and each touchdown will earn the player 6 points.


    Monk’s #1 Game: 32 pts=
    Carter’s #1 Game: 32 pts=

    Monk’s #2 Game: 29 pts*
    Carter’s #2 Game: 27 pts

    Monk’s #3 Game: 28 pts*
    Carter’s #3 Game: 27 pts

    Monk’s #4 Game: 27 pts*
    Carter’s #4 Game: 26 pts

    Monk’s #5 Game: 25 pts=
    Carter’s #5 Game: 25 pts=

    Monk’s #1 Game: 23 pts*
    Carter’s #1 Game: 21 pts

    Monk’s #2 Game: 20 pts*
    Carter’s #2 Game: 18 pts

    Monk’s #3 Game: 18 pts*
    Carter’s #3 Game: 16 pts

    Monk’s #4 Game: 15 pts*
    Carter’s #4 Game: 14 pts

    Monk’s #5 Game: 12 pts=
    Carter’s #5 Game: 12 pts=

    So in a comparison of Art Monk’s and Cris Carter’s top 5 regular season and playoff games based on fantasy scoring, which takes both yardage and TDs into account, a Win-Loss-Tie record for Monk comes out as 7-0-3. Carter does not win outright in any one of these comparisons. The best Carter does is to tie Monk on three occasions.

    This is simply another example of how Monk is actually a better candidate for the Hall of Fame than Carter is. Each guy will have his own strengths and weaknesses, but the perception that Carter is a clearly better candidate is simply erroneous. Both of these great professionals belong in the Hall of Fame, but Monk is the one with three Super Bowl rings in comparison to Carter’s zero Super Bowl appearances. Monk is the one who held three league records in comparison to Carter’s one. Monk is the one who had better personal stats in the playoffs when compared to Carter. Monk is the one who has been patiently waiting for several years, while Carter is in his frist year of eligibility.

    If only one of these guys can get in this year, it should be Monk.

    Comment by remember the redskins — January 8, 2008 @ 5:24 pm

  4. Andre 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 @ 5:32 pm

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