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Words of Thanks and Pride

Redskins legends Art Monk and Darrell Green, cheered on by a sea of burgundy and gold, are inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday in Canton, Ohio.

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"There's a lot of plays I remember, a lot of things I remember about these two guys. More than anything, though, their character, leadership, and I think we had a lot other guys on that team that were like that. That's the reason why we had good football teams."

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Former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, on Darrell Green and Art Monk.

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"I broke in with the Redskins in '86 and I worked with the receivers under Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs. And in '87, for the next eight years, I worked with Darrell on the defensive side. Both of these men overcame my coaching and had successful careers. And I'd like to say, great job, guys. Congratulations again."

Emmitt Thomas, former Redskins assistant and one of yesterday's Hall of Fame inductees for his playing career with the Kansas City Chiefs

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"My father always encouraged me to be my best in whatever I do. That's the Green way, but he also humbled me by saying, 'You're never there.' We'll today, Dad, you're there."

Jared Green, in his introductory speech

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"The most common question I've heard this week about my dad would probably be, 'Who would have thought?' In this case, it depends on who's asking the question. When I went to Super Bowl in Arizona [with] my family, I knew what was going to pass. Because my father has been a Hall of Famer for years now."

Jared Green

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"Deacon Jones said I would cry. You bet your life I'm gonna cry."

Darrell Green

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"There's a lot of people who have traveled this with me. It's been a long time. Most special of them all is my parents. Both of my parents are deceased. They're the most special of them all because . . . I'm not here if they wasn't here first. . . . Everybody said, 'You too little, you can't do it.' [My Dad] said, 'Boy, you can run that ball.' They said no. And he said go."

Darrell Green

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"To the most football knowledgeable, faithful, most caring folks in the world, the Redskins faithful, our fans. We share this day with all of you, here and all over the world, back home and everywhere else. God bless you."

Darrell Green

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"God told me not to leave Washington, D.C., and I was there for 20 years. That was during free agency time. Yes, I was a part of that, I was a part of the free agency. But God had a plan for me."

Darrell Green

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"For them to carry on that way, I tried -- didn't know how to stop them -- it almost took me. It was an emotional moment. It was just a great feeling."

Art Monk, on the standing ovation

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"Standing up here on this platform was much different than I imagined. With all that has taken place over the past several months, the reality of getting into the Pro Football Hall of Fame didn't really hit me until a couple of days ago, as there was an overwhelming sense that this was really going to happen and even more so stepping on this stage and just seeing the magnitude of all of this and all of you."

Art Monk

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"There has been so much excitement and activity since the announcement that it's been hard to sit back and think about the significance of what all this really means. By being here I realize now this is about more than having a bust made of yourself and wearing a gold jacket. And when you take the time to kind of look through hype and celebration that comes along with this, you see it's really all about history, the tradition of the game and an elite group of athletes who help make this is today."

Art Monk

"For me, it was a privilege to be sitting in that room with them, some of which I never knew, some of which I watched in awe growing up, wanting to be like them, emulating them. And others I've had the opportunity to play with and compete against and even though they my competitors, I greatly appreciated and respected their ability, and I loved playing against them because they were the best, and they helped bring the best out and in me. Now to be standing here next to them, as one of them, it's truly an honor and awesome, awesome moment in my life."

Art Monk, on the Hall of Fame dinner

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"From the time I first picked up a football, I fell in love with this game. It's all I ever wanted to do, from playing tackle in the streets of White Plains to playing in the stadiums of the NFL, I never would have imagined it would take me this far. It's taken a lot of hard work and sacrifice and the belief from people in times when I didn't believe in myself. I've experienced some exciting moments, and I've met some extraordinary people that I have a lot of great memories I will never forget. This is the icing on the cake, and I take it very serious, and I'm extremely honored to now be included with this group of elite athletes and to do so with my class of 2008. I will wear the banner with pride, and I will represent it well."

Art Monk

Wire services contributed to this report.


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