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Gary Clark stepped into a Ring of Fame

Per the Official Site:

Redskins great Gary Clark will be inducted into the Redskins Ring of Fame at FedExField during the Oct. 7 game against the Detroit Lions.

"Gary is a well-deserved addition to the Ring of Fame," said Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder. "A Redskin to the core, he has displayed intelligence, toughness, integrity and a winning attitude. That's something we all applaud."

There's no question that Gary Clark is and remains one of the greatest Washington Redskins receivers, players, of all time. His place in the Ring of Fame was always a certainty and I'm proud to claim him there.

If there's a question about what he deserves it spins around Canton, and Casey Husband makes the case. I'm not going to jump right on behind a Gary Clark Canton Call just yet, but he absolutely should be in the discussion at least, and I'll explain more on that in a bit. What I will say is that my primary concern is getting Art Monk in, as I think he's more of a slam dunk prospect given his longevity and what he means for the history of the game.

But accepting this nonsense argument that Art Monk doesn't deserve it, whenever someone responds that he wasn't even the best wide receiver on the team, I encourage reader(s) to respond, "Well then who the hell was, and why isn't that person in the Hall of Fame?" We won three Super Bowls and played in four over the course of a decade, and we did it with three different quarterbacks. To show for that we have exactly one player in the Hall of Fame currently in John Riggins, and he has one Super Bowl ring. Somehow Canton voters decided that the Redskins were an exception in the National Football League in that our incredible D-Y-N-A-S-T-Y isn't worth recognizing. We deserve more than one player in the HoF from that era and god damnit we better get more than one player from that era.

Statistical case for Gary Clark.

Hall of Famer:
750 receptions, 11,904 yards, 5 Pro Bowls, 65 TDs, 3 Super Bowl rings (though he had a HoF running back and a HoF QB with him as well)

Gary Clark, counting USFL:
765 receptions, 11,677 yards, 4 Pro Bowls, 67 TDs, 2 Super Bowl rings

Those are comparable careers and Redskins fans deserve honored heroes as much as any other franchise, considering what this team accomplished. I encourage you all to get royally indignant about it, to take it personally, until this wrong is righted. More than one player from our D-Y-N-A-S-T-Y deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.