Yesterday was Redskins Day in Canton, Ohio. Darrell Green and Art Monk, two of the classiest men to ever play pro football were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. They were introduced by their sons. I blogged about Art and Darrell being voted into the Hall of Fame back in February.
I read in the paper this morning that of the more than 16,000 fans in Canton, about 15,000 were clad in burgundy and gold. It was definitely a Redskins Day in Canton, Ohio.
Redskins Greats Enter Pantheon
Monk, Green Bring Elegance and Passion To Podium at Their Hall of Fame Induction
By Mike Wise
Washington Post Staff Writer
CANTON, Ohio, Aug. 2 — The smoke from the fireworks had long faded into the night behind him, off in the distance, and Art Monk still was not allowed to deliver his speech. Not yet.
Not until the mass of people wearing the team colors of the Washington Redskins were allowed to serenade their beloved wide receiver from the 1980s and early ’90s with chants of “We love Monk! We love Monk!” On and on that chant went.
Four minutes and change came off the clock, perhaps uncomfortably for other enshrined members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But four minutes is nothing next to eight years, the duration Monk waited before his moment came along with his teammate in time, Darrell Green.
Presented by their sons, Jared Green and James Arthur Monk Jr., their bronzed busts were displayed this evening before 16,654 who nearly filled Fawcett Stadium. Green, the former cornerback, and Monk, a record-setting wide receiver, were enshrined in Canton before many of the same loyal legions that watched them and those Joe Gibbs-coached Redskins teams bring glory and Lombardi trophies to Washington.
“Getting here did not come without controversy, as I’m sure it did with some of the guys sitting behind me,” Monk said, in a reference to his seven-year rejection by Hall of Fame voters that drew laughs and applause. “But through it all I’m here with a greater appreciation for something not every player is able to achieve and for the people who stood up for me and spoke out on my behalf.”
Monk was the last to be enshrined in the Class of 2008, following former New England Patriots linebacker Andre Tippett; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Emmitt Thomas, who coached both Green and Monk under Gibbs in Washington for eight years and to the crowd was the third Redskin inducted; Fred Dean, the defensive end who joined the San Francisco 49ers at the beginning of their 1980s dynasty; and former Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Gary Zimmerman.
I’m so proud of these guys for making it to the Hall of Fame. Especially Art. After eight trys he finally made it. Art Monk received a four minute standing ovation after he was introduced.
Former Redskins assistant coach Emmitt Thomas was also inducted into the Hall of Fame. He coached both Art Monk and Darrell Green. Before his coaching days Thomas played cornerback with the Kansas City Chiefs.
The 2008 inductees include from left to right Darrell Green, Emmitt Thomas, Art Monk, Gary Zimmerman, Andre Tippett and Fred Dean. You can read all about the six players here.
Check out the following news articles for more info about yesterday’s Pro Football Hall of Fame induction: