The Pro Football Hall of Fame and Ford Motor Company paid tribute to Hall of Fame wide receiver , at his alma mater, White Plains High School, today as a part of the Hometown Hall of Famer™ program.
"I have traveled a long road since I left White Plains High School to attend college at Syracuse and make my football career and after life in the Washington DC area but I still and always will remain a White Plains Tiger,” said Monk. “It was a real pleasure to return to the community and school that was instrumental for my journey to Canton."
Hometown Hall of Famer™ is a national program that honors the hometown roots of the greatest heroes of the game with special ceremonies and plaque dedication events in local communities.
“Ford is proud to participate in this great initiative honoring local heroes. Ford and the Pro Football Hall of Fame share a commitment to excellence and it is truly an honor to join this organization in welcoming back to White Plains for this special recognition,” said Fords Regional Sales Manager Jim Splendore
White Plains High School is now an official high school of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, one of only 102 in the country to receive the honor.
Monk was a first-round pick in the 1980 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He
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caught 58 passes to earn All-Rookie honors, had 50 or more receptions in nine seasons, and gained 1,000 yards five times. He set then-NFL records for catches in a season (106), most consecutive games with at least one reception (183), and career receptions (820). Monk finished his career with 940 catches. He was named to three Pro Bowls and was an All-Pro choice twice. Monk was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008.