The Quarterback Club didn't have much difficulty picking wide receiver Art Monk as its Redskin of the Year. The problem was getting him to the Washington Hilton yesterday to accept the honor.
But after a last-minute schedule change to accommodate him, the 11-year veteran was there with wife Desiree. Monk, who also won the award in 1984, was presented the 1990 citation by Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) and made a brief acceptance speech before being whisked away by limousine to Redskin Park for practice.
Monk, 33, has 58 receptions for 658 yards this season, extending his pass-catching streak to 114 consecutive games and his career reception total to 720, third on the NFL all-time list, as he again has teamed with Gary Clark and Ricky Sanders to form "The Posse." Quarterback Club chairman Bob Geoghan said the decision to give Monk the award -- first presented in 1969 -- was made after discussion with other team members, coaches and others familiar with the team.
"Over the years, we've been pretty consistent with picking the right player," Geoghan said. "I don't think we've ever had one anybody disagreed with."
Monk became the fourth Redskin to win the award twice, joining Joe Theismann (1979 and 1983), John Riggins ('78, '82) and Billy Kilmer ('72, '75).
The Quarterback Club scheduled the Redskin of the Year luncheon for yesterday because it thought it would be an off day for the team. But when it scheduled an afternoon practice, plans to get Monk to the ceremony were thrown into disarray.
According to director of the board Harvey Horowitz, the Quarterback Club didn't know about yesterday's practice until Desiree Monk told them Monday. Members of the club then talked with Coach Joe Gibbs, who said Monk could attend but absolutely had to be back for practice. So the club moved the presentation up an hour.
All proceeds from the event, attended by approximately 500, will go to Joe Gibbs' Youth For Tomorrow.