My apologies for not spending more of the week discussing the Hall of Fame although others are on the story and probably doing a much more admirable job than yours truly. If you want to get worked up about it, you can go read this Football Outsiders thread where many commenters bemoan the fact that Art Monk got in. The good guys one that argument.
Monk, who holds most Redskins receiving records and was the NFL's all-time leading receiver before Jerry Rice, was elected in his eighth year of eligibility. The lengthy wait generated a huge lobbying effort, mainly on the Internet.
"To be honest, this whole induction thing had taken me by surprise," said Monk, who planned to ask the Hall to remove his name from consideration if he didn't make it this year. "I had just written it off."...
"When you think of it that way, it's an awesome responsibility. I've tried to represent the Redskins with decency, and I've tried to represent myself as a man of decency and character."...
"I was running downfield. I had the defender beat by 5 yards." He paused, his timing impeccable. "As usual," he said.
The Art Monk For the Hall of Fame Campaign is the "cottage industry" for Monk enthusiasts like myself. The time and effort spent on getting Art into the Hall by DjTj (also an ESer) was incredible and I want to express gratitude to him for all that he did. Recently I was emailed by a fan of another team working on getting their own hero into the hall, and they asked what means would be best employed to that end. I simply referred them to the AMFTHOFC and said "Do that."
I also want to give credit to HoF voter Len Shapiro, who told me in March of last year:
LS: I understand there is great frustration among Redskins fans that Monk and players like Russ Grimm and Joe Jacoby, also worthy candidates, are not yet in. I would say this. Many players have taken many years to finally get in. Sam Huff, Lynn Swann, Harry Carson, Roger Wehrli. I believe those three and Darrell Green (next year he's eligible for the first time) will eventually be in the Hall of Fame. I'm hoping for a Green/Monk twin double next year, and rest assured, both men have plenty of support in the room and it's just a matter of time.