Hat Tip: Extreme Skins.
Who is Len Shapiro? He's one of the 40 Hall of Fame Committee Voters. An At-Large voter, to be specific, but a Washington Post guy. He is one of the most enthusiastic Art Monk supporters which is great, considering John McClain insinuated (and Len Shapiro confirms) that Michael Irvin got in largely on the efforts of DMN's Rick Gosselin and Charean Williams. If Irvin was successful largely due to supportive voices, it doesn't hurt us to have Len Shapiro or Washington Times' David Elfin in the room making Monk's case.
Len correctly characterized Art Monk's snubbing as a tragedy. Few points from the article:
My first inclination was that perhaps Shapiro was including Postseason touchdowns, but then I realized that it wouldn't make a difference. Not many people know this, but Mr. Postseason Michael Irvin had 8 touchdowns in 16 postseason games, compared to Art Monk's 7 in 15. Whereas the former is widely and colloquially recognized as being a clutch postseason performer, Art Monk matches up quite well in postseason point production yet isn't known for producing in the playoffs. Why?
Anyways, back to the topic at hand. Shapiro goes on to express his desire to consider Character as a reason for induction, and I couldn't agree with him more. That they don't is troubling, though not nearly as much as this (emphasis added):
Banging my head on keyboard while Taking It Personally.