As this site has grown, I’ve pretty much quit blogging about sports. But there’s one thing that Murdoc has to say:
It’s a crime that Art Monk has been denied entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame for a third consecutive year.
Between his retirement and his eligibility, others have surpassed his then-record numbers. This surely lessened the significance of his 106 receptions in 1984 or his 940 career catches. Both were records when he retired, though both have since been eclipsed as NFL offenses have opened it up through the air.
What stands out for me (Full Disclosure: Murdoc’s a major Redskins fan) is the fact that Monk was a big guy when all the receivers were little guys. He wasn’t fast, he was in the right place at the right time. He wasn’t flashy, he was on the field doing his job and doing it well.
Virtually every season, the WR opposite Monk was the one that was in the highlight reels. But virtually every season it was Monk that made the clutch catches when it mattered the most. Gary Clark might catch the winning pass in the fourth quarter, but Monk caught two third down conversions on the way to the red zone.
Monk was the consummate professional. He was a solid member of many good (and a couple great) teams. He deserves the Hall.