Was the second wide receiver taken in the first round of the 1980 draft. The Redskins selected him No. 20 overall. The New York Jets picked Johnny “Lam” Jones with the second overall pick.
Recorded a team rookie record of 58 catches. His best game of the year came in Week #10 at Chicago when he caught 8 passes for 124 yards against the Bears defense.
Set then NFL records for the most catches in a season (106) and most consecutive games with at least one reception (164).
Had five 1,000-yard seasons
“The most important part of Art Monk to our teams, was not his legs or his hands. It was his brain.” – Joe Theismann (former teammate of 6 years)
“I call him Mr. Redskin because of the way he plays on the field and because of the classy way he conducts himself off the field.” –Bubba Tyer, former Washington trainer
“He had great hands and he was tough. He had the craft of a small guy and the strength of a big guy.” – Emmitt Thomas, former Redskins secondary coach and Class of 2008 enshrinee
“Whether I deserved to have played in the NFL or deserved to even be in the Hall of Fame, I just love the game. I loved being out there and I loved being around the guys. I’m greatly honored and I’m humbled to receive this honor.” – Art Monk
“Really, when I think of the Hall of Fame, I think of Charley Taylor and Sam Huff, guys who have gone before us. They made sacrifices and overcame adversities. They made the commitment to the game and the sport. They represented their teams and the NFL respectfully.”- Art Monk
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