Once again....Monk doesn't get into the Hall.
The men who did are deserving [though I didn't think Harry Carson would make it]. Troy Aikman, Reggie White, Warren Moon, Carson, Rayfield Wright and John Madden are all Hall worthy. That does take some of the sting out of the non-Monk vote.
But why isn't he there? Of the receivers in his era that made it....
Charlie Joiner....750 catches, 12,146 yards, 65 TD
Steve Largent....819 catches, 13,089 yards, 100 TD
James Lofton.....764 catches, 14,004 yards, 75 TD
John Stallworth....537 catches, 8723 yards, 63 TD
Lynn Swann....336 catches, 5462 yards, 51 TD
Art Monk....940 catches, 12,721 yards, 68 TD
Michael Irvin.....750 catches, 11,904 yards, 65 TD
Monk easily has more receptions than anyone on this list [or anyone in the Hall]. Only Lofton and Largent have more yards than Monk......and only Lofton and Largent have more TD grabs than Monk. So why isn't he in the Hall???
Why is Swann and Stallworth there??? Oh, cuz they won 4 Super Bowls? Well, Monk has won THREE. So why isn't he in the Hall???
I've heard people whining that Irvin didn't get there this year.....that maybe his checkered past has hurt him with the voters. Um, but why isn't Monk in there with him??? Why is it just a crime that Irvin isn't there??
IT IS A FREAKING CRIME!!
I truly believe that 2007 may be the year, however. Next year....Bruce Matthews is the only real strong newcomer on the Hall of Fame scene [and he should get in]. Monk, Irvin and Thurman Thomas should get their calls then.
I won't hold my breath.