“Money” makes the H.O.F.

Art Monk’s four minute ovation as he finally makes the Hall of Fame, at the seventh time of asking.  He retired with 940 catches, 106 catches in a single season and 164 consecutive games with a catch (all records at the time, and only broken and held by Jerry Rice, unquestionably the best wide receiver of all time).  Added to that, Monk had 12,721 yards,  75 touchdowns and was the first player to score a touchdown in 15 consecutive years.

Oh, and he won three Superbowls.  Absolute disgrace that it took so long.  Darrell Green made it in as well, at the first attempt (no wonder, he was better than Deion Sanders).  Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Emmitt Thomas also got in; he was a long-standing assistant coach under Joe Gibbs.  As a result, 15,000 Redskins fans made the trip to Canton, Ohio to make an unprecedented level of noise (and boo as many C*wb*ys as they could find), before packing out the tiny stadium, as the Redskins beat the Indianapolis Colts 30-16 in the first exhibition game of the year.  Here’s hoping the current crop can do themseves justice this year.

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