Of Monk’s game, Gibbs said, “He was big, he was strong, and he was intelligent. He had everything. I can’t see how a receiver could be more valuable to a team.”
Here’s a glance at Art Monk’s career as a pass receiver in statistics:
Regular season, 1980-95
Postseason, 15 games
So what’s Monk’s problem?
He was a possession receiver and a great blocker, rather than a game-breaker. Monk simply played football in every game in a way that his teammates and his opponents, alike, respected. He was a quiet, dutiful player who didn’t promote himself. He was as stoic as Deion Sanders was loquacious. Perhaps most important, he didn’t jump through hoops for sportswriters.
For whatever reason, every year Monk is put on the HOF’s list of finalists, then he’s left off the list of inductees.
Last year, of Monk’s exclusion of Hall of Fame defensive back Ronnie Lott said, “Art Monk was an example for Jerry Rice. That’s what Jerry always told me. There's nothing negative to say. He has the numbers, the catches, the championships. You have a Hall of Fame for all it represents. I know he represents all that it’s about: Integrity, love and passion for the game, community, what he gave back. Look how he conducted himself. Nobody I know deserves it more.”