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"I enjoy it when the situation gets tough, like when time is running out and we need something. The times I like the most are the times when everything is on the line.”
First-round pick by Washington, 1980 NFL Draft. . . Caught 58 passes to earn All-Rookie honors, 1980. . .Had 50 or more receptions, nine seasons. .Gained 1,000 yards five times. . .Set then-NFL records for catches in a season (106), most consecutive games with at least one reception (183), and career receptions (820). . .Finished career with 940 catches. . .Named to three Pro Bowls. . .All-Pro choice twice. . .Born December 5, 1957 in White Plains, New York.
Art Monk, a first-round draft choice of the Washington Redskins in 1980, wasted little time in establishing himself as a premier wide receiver in the National Football League. He was a unanimous all-rookie selection and his 58 receptions were a Redskins' rookie record. Nine times during his 16-season career with the Redskins, New York Jets, and Philadelphia Eagles, the former Syracuse star exceeded 50 catches in a season and five times gained more than 1,000 receiving yards. He also set NFL records for most catches in a season (106), and most consecutive games with at least one reception (164). His consecutive games with a reception streak extended to 183 games. In 1992, with his 820th career catch, he became the NFL's then-all-time leader in receptions. He finished his career with 940 receptions.
Monk, at 6-3, 210 pounds, was a prototype for today's bigger, stronger receivers. He got off the line of scrimmage quickly and never hesitated to run patterns across the middle of the field. He was a master of the short pass route that often left defenses unable to adjust, allowing for substantial gains.
Art was a major part of the powerful Redskins teams that were dominant during the 1980s. During his 14 seasons with the Redskins, the team won three Super Bowls (XVII, XXII, and XXVI) and had just three losing seasons. It was, however, in 1984 that Monk had his finest season when he caught eight or more passes in six games, had five games of 100 yards or more and in a game against the San Francisco 49ers caught 10 passes for 200 yards. His outstanding play earned him team MVP honors and his first Pro Bowl selection. His season totals of 106 catches for 1,372 yards were career highs.
Monk went over the 1,000-yard mark in each of the following two seasons, becoming the first Redskins receiver to produce three consecutive 1,000 yard seasons. He also became the first Redskins player to catch 70 or more passes in three consecutive seasons.
Washington coach Joe Gibbs claimed his star receiver was the complete package. He called him the strongest outside receiver he'd ever coached, and was quick to point out his effectiveness at catching passes inside. "He's big, he's strong, he's intelligent, he has everything," the Hall of Fame coach remarked.
Monk was an All-Pro and All-NFC choice in 1984 and 1985 and was named second-team All-NFC in 1986. He was selected to play in the Pro Bowl following the 1984, 1985 and 1986 seasons.
1982 NFC - Washington Redskins 31, Dallas Cowboys 17
Monk did not play due to injury.
1983 NFC - Washington Redskins 24, San Francisco 49ers 21
Monk started at wide receiver. He caught three passes for 35 yards
1986 NFC - New York Giants 17, Washington Redskins 0
Monk started at wide receiver. He caught eight passes for 126 yards.
1987 NFC - Washington Redskins 17, Minnesota Vikings 10
Monk did not play due to injury
1991 NFC - Washington Redskins 41, Detroit Lions 10
Monk started at wide receiver. He caught five passes for 94 yards and one touchdown.
Super Bowl XVII - Washington Redskins 27, Miami Dolphins 17
Monk did not play due to injury.
Super Bowl XVIII - Los Angeles Raiders 38, Washington Redskins 9
Monk started at wide receiver. He caught one pass for 26 yards.
Super Bowl XXII - Washington Redskins 42, Denver Broncos 10
Monk played but did not start. He caught one pass for 40 yards.
Super Bowl XXVI - Washington Redskins 37, Buffalo Bills 24
Monk started at wide receiver. He caught seven passes for 113 yards.
All-Pro: 1984 (AP, PFWA, SN, PW), 1985 (SN)
All-Pro Second Team: 1984 (NEA), 1985 (AP)
All-NFC: 1984 (UPI, PW), 1985 (UPI)
All-NFC Second Team: 1986 (UPI)
(3) - 1985, 1986, 1987
At time of his retirement following 1995 season
[1st] Most Consecutive Games with a Pass Reception - 183 (1983-1995)
[2nd] Most Pass Receptions, Career - 940
[Tied for 2nd] Most Seasons, 50 or More Pass Receptions - 9 (1980-81, 1984-86, 1988-91)
[Tied for 3rd] Most Games, 100 or More Yards Receiving - 4
Redskins' records held by Monk
Records through the 1993 season, Monk's final season with Washington
[1st] Most Receptions, Career - 888
[1st] Most Receptions, Season - 106 (1984)
[1st] Most Yard Gained Receiving, Career - 13,026
[1st] Most Combined Net Yards, Career - 12,358
[1st] Most Games Played - 205
[Tied for 1st] Most Receptions, Game - 13 (vs. Cincinnati, 12/15/85; vs. Detroit, 11/4/90)
[Tied for 1st] Most TD Receptions, Game - 3 (vs. Indianapolis, 10/7/84)
[2nd] Most Receptions, Season - 91 (1985)
[2nd] Most TD Receptions, Career - 65
[3rd] Most Touchdowns, Career - 65
[3rd] Most Receptions, Season - 86 (1989)
[3rd] Most Yards Gained Receiving, Season - 1,372 (1984)
[3rd] Most Yards Gained Receiving, Game - 230 (vs. Cincinnati, 12/15/85)
[Tied for 3rd] Most Seasons Played - 14
NFL Statistical Championships
Pass Receiving Titles: 1984
NFC Statistical Championships
Pass Receiving Titles: 1984
Team Statistical Championships
Pass Receiving Titles: 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1991
1980s All-Decade Team
Full Name: James Arthur Monk
Birthdate: December 5, 1957
Birthplace: White Plains, New York
High School: White Plains (NY)
Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: February 2, 2008
Presenter: James Monk, Jr., Art’s son
Other Members of the Class of 2008: Fred Dean, Darrell Green, Emmitt Thomas, Andre Tippett, Gary Zimmerman
Pro Career: 16 seasons, 224 games
Drafted: 1st round (18th overall) in 1980 by Washington Redskins