Hall of Fame Inductions of Monk and Green Are Father-Son Affairs
One of the benchmarks in life is the relationship you have with your adult child. Yesterday, Art Monk and Darrell Green -- the two former Redskins being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio -- were introduced by their grown children.
"It's an amazing experience to be able to tell people how much I love my dad," said James Monk Jr., 25, in a telephone interview Friday. "He led by example, always consistent and true to what he believed."
Jared Green, 19, a freshman wide receiver at the University of Virginia, had this take on introducing his father: "He was the best dad. We talk maybe 10 times a day. He's always so encouraging."
Two sons of famous fathers, both of whom followed in their fathers' footsteps knowing the path was not always going to be smooth.
"He never pushed me to football, only encouraged me to do the best I could," said James Monk, who was a defensive end at Langley High and played at Salisbury University.
No aspiration to be a wide receiver?
"Not at 240 pounds," said Monk, who is the youth leadership director of the South Orlando YMCA.
Jared Green, who redshirted last year, remembers how "I had to beg dad to let me try out for football. We never talked football at home, and once I started playing he kept his distance.
"He told me it was my time: Just try to do good."
Jared also recalled his father never coming to his practices, but "always attending his games, never going on the field except once [at Oakton]. I forgot my gloves one game and Dad went and got me a pair. Brought them to me."
James Monk fondly remembers watching his father at RFK Stadium "when the stands would rock and every weekend was an exciting family reunion."
Jared Green has an assessment of his father's football prowess: "The greatest cornerback who ever lived."