James Arthur “Art” Monk was an exceptional wide receiver for the Washington Redskins from 1980 to 1993. This much celebrated NFL wide receiver was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame along with fellow Redskins cornerback Darrell Green and received the longest standing ovation ever (4 minutes, 4 seconds). Here are some of the reasons why he deserves and earned so much respect from Washington Redskins fans as well as NFL fans at large:
- Three-time Super Bowl champion (XVII, XXII and XXVI)
- Pro Bowl three times
- NFL receptions leader 1984
- AP First-team All-Pro 1984
- AP Second-team All-Pro 1985
- Two-time UPI First-team All-NFC 1984, 1985
- UPI Second-team All-NFC 1986
- All-Rookie Team 1980
- First NFL receiver to reach 900 career receptions
- NFL All Decade Team 1980’s
- 70 Greatest Redskins
- Washington Redskins Ring of Fame
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The Redskins Ring of Fame only has 47 members and has been in the NFL since 1932, so to be one of the 47 makes one super special. From a biased fan’s perspective, I loved how Art Monk played and carried himself. He was mature, disciplined, a “team player” and could catch in a crowd. Of course, all serious Redskins fans know about “The Posse” which included Art Monk, Ricky “Slick Rick” Sanders and Gary Clark. Thank you, Art Monk for the memories and making those years Glory Years with three Redskins Super Bowl championships.
Art Monk also gives back to the community. The Art Monk Football Camp has graduated over 14,000 athletes. Art Monk, Earnest Byner, Tim Johnson and Charles Mann founded the Good Samaritan Foundation. This foundation places youth in the environment they need for the purpose of equipping them with skills, training and resources that enable them to compete successfully in society. It is called the Student Training Opportunity Program (STOP). Fifty high school students get training and tutoring 4 days a week and 5-day weekly training during the summer when school is out.
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