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08-02-2008 01:11 PM #1
Congrats to Art Monk and Darrell Green
Although I am a Ravens fan, I have been following the Redskins since the Colts left for Indy...today the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio will induct two of Washingtons and the NFL's greatest players as well as two great human beings, Art Monk (his eighth year of eligibility) and Darrell Green (his first)...a round of applause for both!
A little background on both from the Redskins home page:
Art Monk was a first-round draft pick (18th overall) by the Redskins in 1980. He would go on to play 16 NFL seasons, including the first 14 with Washington.
Monk finished his career with 940 receptions for 12,721 yards and 68 touchdowns in 224 career games. He was the first NFL player to catch more than 900 career passes and he retired as the game's all-time leader in receptions.
Monk was the Redskins' MVP in 1984 when he became the first NFL player to record more than 100 receptions in a season. (He finished with 106.) He also caught at least one pass in 183 consecutive games.
Monk was at his best when the offense needed a catch to keep a drive alive. He converted nearly two-thirds, or 64 percent, of his 940 receptions into first downs.
Darrell Green was a first-round draft pick (28th overall) by the Redskins in 1983. He was regarded as an elite cornerback and a game-breaking punt returner who was an asset to the NFL on the field and in the community.
Standing at just 5-9, Green overcame long odds to play 20 seasons at one of the NFL's most competitive positions. He finished his career playing in 295 games with 258 starts.
Green recorded a total of 1,321 tackles, 59 interceptions, nine forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. He also scored 11 touchdowns (eight by interception return, two by fumble return and one on a punt return).
Green earned seven trips to the Pro Bowl (1984, 1986-87, 1990-91, 1996-97). He was named NFL Man of the Year in 1996 for community service and was awarded the Bart Starr Humanitarian Award
08-02-2008 08:12 PM #2
Let me first say that it's an absolute SHAME that Art Monk had to share the stage with Len Pastabelly today. Pastabelly was one of the ones who went out of his way to keep Monk OUT of the Hall of Fame for so many years.
It's an injustice that Monk had to wait so long. I'm glad they're saving him for last.
That said, it's an awesome day to be a Redskins fan. Monk and Green are two of the classiest guys around.
08-02-2008 10:23 PM #3
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Congrats indeed. What a tremendous showing by the Redskins fans, they totally dominated Canton and gave great ovations to Darrell and Art. The ESPN guys were saying Monk's ovation was the longest they've ever seen.
08-03-2008 02:03 AM #4
Yes, congratulations to both of them. I went through a brief phase of being a Redskins fan as a kid before I started rebelling against all things DC because all the cool bands went to play there instead of Baltimore. They were both very special players. Thinking about the way the two of them carried themselves on the field vs. certain Ravens today makes me kind of sad. Oh well, Hail to the Redskins!
(...but only the ones who played a good chunk of their careers during the years Baltimore had no football team)
08-03-2008 04:56 AM #5
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