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Washington Redskins Top Ten Draft Successes: Art Monk

We need to wash off the Heath Shuler from yesterday. What better way than to invoke the name of a player that arguably captured the hearts and souls of Redskins fans in a way that no other player ever has, including Darrell Green and even John Riggins.

Art Monk

*1st round draft pick of the Washington Redskins in the 1980 Draft (18th overall)

*Unanimous All-Rookie selection

Art set a Redskins rookie record when he caught 58 balls in his inaugural season. There's a novel concept--a 1st round pick contributing right away at a high level. Monk set the NFL record at 106 catches in one season in 1984. He was on THREE Super Bowl teams in 14 seasons with the Redskins, and was named to the NFL's 1980s All-Decade Team.

We could go on for a very long time with the list of personal achievements in Monk's career. To me, the stat that I will NEVER forget that stands out the MOST to me and many others who were there is this one:

As timed by NFL Films, Art Monk received the longest standing ovation in Pro Football Hall of Fame history, a four minute and four second love fest in Canton, Ohio. Along with many of you, I was part of that standing ovation and it remains one of the top two or three moments in my life as a Redskins fan.

For so many reasons, Art Monk is by far one of the Greatest Draft Successes in the history of the Washington Redskins. Video of Monk breaking the All Time Receiving Record after the jump.

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