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Monk Is Quite a Catch for the Hall of Fame

Former Redskins Art Monk and Darrell Green are elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as members of a six-person class.

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By George Solomon
Sunday, February 3, 2008

A grouchy e-mailer recently wrote that if eight-time candidate Art Monk ever was elected to the Hall of Fame, I'd have nothing to write or complain about the day after the vote.

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Well, he's almost right. Yesterday was deliverance for Monk, the dignified Redskins wide receiver who earned three Pro Bowl selections and made so many clutch catches in a career that spanned from 1980 to '95, and for those of us who have campaigned for him and watched selectors pass him over for years.

And deliverance, as well, for Darrell Green, a first-ballot selection who told The Post's Mark Maske last week, "The first ballot is so special," and said on his blog, "The ride should be half the fun."

So Redskins fans, many disheartened these past four weeks at the dowdy way management has conducted its coaching search, can enjoy "the ride" to Canton, Ohio, with two of the classiest men ever to wear the Redskins uniform.

I have nothing to complain about today.

Super Thoughts

Getting ready to watch the Super Bowl on television today and pondering a number of weighty issues. Such as:

If the New England Patriots defeat the New York Giants, they will become the first NFL team to go 19-0. That not only surpasses the 17-0 record of the 1972 Miami Dolphins, it gives them four Super Bowl victories in the last seven years.

To me, that puts Bill Belichick's team in the same rarefied air of the great sports teams of all time, including:

-- The 1927 New York Yankees of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig that went 110-44 and swept the Pirates in the World Series.

-- The late Red Auerbach's Boston Celtics that won eight straight NBA championships from 1959 to '66, featuring Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, Sam Jones and K.C. Jones.

-- Chuck Noll's Pittsburgh Steelers -- four-time Super Bowl winners (1975, '76, '79 and '80), with Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, "Mean" Joe Greene and Lynn Swann.

-- Vince Lombardi's Packers of the 1960s. the Bill Walsh-Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers of the 1980s and, I guess, the Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s.


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