First-round draft picks will be allowed to pick the song that plays as they walk on stage to greet Commissioner Roger Goodell at tonight’s NFL draft, which is pretty great. I tried to think of what songs the Redskins’ past first-round draft picks might’ve selected and failed miserably, but in compiling the scrapped list I learned something I didn’t know before about Art Monk.
While Monk never met him, the late jazz musician Thelonious Monk was Art Monk’s father’s first cousin.
Art Monk excelled in art and music in high school before heading to Syracuse, and he remained involved in music as a member of the Redskins. From a 1986 article by The Post’s Richard Harrington:
Art Monk helped produce “Rockman,” a record by Washington’s Famous Monk Family, four young boys who are the sons of Bobby Monk, a second cousin to Thelonious Monk. In the song, which mixes gospel, jazz and pop elements, Rockman is a mythic figure enlisted in the campaign against drugs. The record contains references to Jesus, the Rock of Gilbraltar and the Redskins’ own Rockman, who catches a long bomb in a particular verse.
Proof that Art is related to Thelonious, from a Post correction:
And the front page of The Post’s Sports section the day after the Redskins made Monk the 18th pick of the 1980 draft.