Hall of Fame Weekend to Be a Special Time for the Skins and Fans

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On Sunday, August 3 the Washington Redskins will open preseason play versus the Indianapolis Colts.  The game itself will cap a phenomenal weekend for Washington Redskins fans.  Without a doubt the highlight of the weekend will be the enshrinement of Darrell Green and Art Monk into the professional football hall of fame.

As every Redskins fan is well aware the induction of Art Monk is long overdue.  Monk is one of the most underappreciated and overlooked wide receivers in Pro football history.  Art was a first round selection in the 1980 NFL draft out of Syracuse University.  He played for the Washington Redskins from 1980 until 1993.  During the 1984 season he set a then NFL record with 106 receptions.  Monk was a Pro Bowl selection three times (1984-1986) during his illustrious career.  He helped guide the Redskins to 4 Super Bowl appearances, and was a three-time Super Bowl champion.  At one point Art compiled a streak of at least one reception in 183 consecutive games.  Retired after the 1995 season as the NFL’s all-time leading receiver.  During his 15 year career Art amassed 940 receptions for over 12,000 yards and scored over 60 touchdowns.  The fact that it look eight years of eligibility before receiving his invitation is unimaginable.  After a long wait on Sunday, August 3 Art Monk will find himself exactly where he belongs, the professional football Hall of Fame.

If there’s ever been one-man more recognizable to an organization and its fans then Darrell Green I am unaware.  Darrell played for the Washington Redskins from 1983 until 2002. Played his college ball at Texas A&M-Kingsville. Darrell was perhaps the most respected cornerbacks in the NFL, was a member of the All Decade team in the 90s.  Green played on three Super Bowl teams, and was a seven time (1984,1986-87,1990-91,1996-97) Pro Bowl selection.  Darrell was recognized as the fastest man in the NFL.  He still holds the NFL record for consecutive seasons (19) with an interception.  Recognized for having the longest tenure with one team in NFL history.  Darrell ended his career with 54 interceptions for over 630 yards and scored six touchdowns.  Darrell Green is one of the few players whose numbers don’t tell the story.  His contributions to the Redskins organization can not be measured by statistics.  Darrell Green is exactly what every general manager in the NFL looks for every April.  An impact player, but more importantly a man who can stabilize a franchise.

Other players joining Green and Monk included New England Patriots linebacker André Tippett, San Diego Charger and San Francisco 49ers defensive end Fred Dean, Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos tackle Gary Zimmerman, and Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Emmitt Thomas.

As a fan of the Washington Redskins this will be a weekend I remember for the rest of my life. This is an occasion where my franchise and two of its greatest players will be immortalized.


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