An example of Character

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.

He was known for as much for accomplishments as he was for his character.  He was known as the hardest working player, first to practice last to leave.  A quite man of composure and hard work.  Nothing fancy, just hard work, determination, and intensity.

2008 inducted into Hall of Fame.

He received a 4 minute standing ovation when he was inducted into the NFL hall  of fame.  The longest by ........well they didn't even keep tract before this.

Here are a collection of clips from new paper articles about Art Monk:  Read where Coach Haas met him: 

We won our first two playoff games, but in one of them I hurt my foot. I had been playing with a cracked bone in the foot during the regular season, but then it just broke and I couldn't play.”

Trash talking and showboating were antithetical to his approach, for he embodied professionalism and carried himself with dignity on the field.

Art Monk’s goal was simple: Let his achievements do the talking.  Did they ever.

Monk was one of the premier wide receivers in National Football League history. In 16 seasons, his first 14 with the Washington Redskins, he caught 940 passes for 12,721 yards and 68 touchdowns. His reception total was a record that fell to a host of receivers.

He set all-time NFL marks for most catches in a season (106) and most consecutive games with receptions (183), both of which have been broken, and owns many Redskins receiving records.

Monk, a key player on three Redskins NFL title teams, has been a finalist for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame seven times.

As Monk saw it, his silence was golden. “I’ve had guys say stuff to me and look me right in the eye and try to intimidate me,” he said during his playing days. “But I just go back to the huddle and say, ‘I’m going to catch this one, and after I catch it maybe I can run over him.’ I found that I excel more in those situations than when someone doesn’t say anything to me.”

There was nothing fancy about his pass-catching skills, for he was more substance than style. His trademark pass pattern was the dodge route, a short, precise pattern over the middle.

His timing on patterns was impeccable; he was often where the quarterback expected him to be. This statistic exemplifies his value: Of his 91 catches in 1985, 62 went for first downs. Of his 32 third-down catches, 31 went for first downs. 

Monk, a consummate team player, did anything it took to win games. Late in a 56-17 rout of Atlanta in 1991, he caught a pass near the sideline for a first down. He could have stepped out of bounds, but plowed forward for a few extra yards.

The next day, Redskins special teams coach Wayne Sevier repeatedly showed a film of the play to his unit. “Here’s a guy going to the Hall of Fame,” Sevier told his players. “Watch what he does here.”

Monk drove himself hard to improve his strength and conditioning through a rigorous workout plan. It consisted of weightlifting, wind sprints, distance running and racquetball. He often ran grueling sprints on a 45-degree, 15-yard hill, in one workout running 25 times uphill with straight leg pumps, then 25 times backward, then 25 times in a stutter step. He added six 220-meter sprints and six 110-meter sprints to his repertoire. He also ran with a weight belt.


I would watch him do these runs.  About 4 hours worth in July, every day.

It was at George Mason University fields, a few minutes from where I grew up. 

Similar to his game-time demeanor, Monk was reserved off the field and rarely spoke to teammates. When he did, everyone shut up in what coach Joe Gibbs described as an “E.F. Hutton moment.”

Case in point: In 1990, the 6-5 Redskins appeared adrift, with playoff hopes flickering. Monk took it upon himself to call a players-only meeting in which he softly but succinctly explained that it was time for everyone to get serious about football and to raise their level of play a notch. One Redskin called it “a little bit of a butt-chewing in Art’s way.”

                 He never missed a game or practice in four seasons with the Orange.

(Syracuse University)

 Art Monk went to Coach Joe Gibbs a few months ago and asked a favor. He told Gibbs that several of the Washington Redskins were doing more and more of their conditioning work at George Mason University, where they’d discovered a small mountain perfect for doing the toughest sprint work.

Monk explained that while treadmills and Stair Masters were nice, there was nothing like the mountain for a tough workout, and he wanted to know if perhaps the Redskins could have a mountain of their own. Gibbs spoke to strength coach Dan Riley and then to team owner Jack Kent Cooke, and when the team moves to a new Redskin Park next summer, it’ll come complete with a man-made mountain for Monk and friends to climb.

4 minute standing ovation