From the early 1980's through the early 1990's, a sign hung in the far end zone from my seat at RFK Stadium. It was nothing fancy, painted on bed sheets in large block letters with a Redskins helmet on the left side. It was there every home game well before kickoff and it stayed well after the game ended.
The Art Gallery
Monk's a Masterpiece
The man the sign honored also was not fancy and very reliable. He showed up at RFK, or the Vet, or Three Rivers Stadium, or wherever the Redskins were playing, and went to work. When the Redskins needed six yards, Monk would catch a pass for eight yards. When the Skins needed six points, he'd take one to the house.
In his eighth try today, Art Monk was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His NFL records—most catches in a career, most catches in a season, most consecutive games with a catch—have all been broken. Now he has something that nobody can ever take away from him.