Monk, Grimm Among 25 Modern-Era Hall of Fame Semifinalists

Former Washington Redskins teammates Art Monk and Russ Grimm were among the 25 modern-era semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced today.

The list also includes recently retired NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin and first-time-eligible playing nominees Terrell Davis, Bruce Matthews and Randall McDaniel.

The other semifinalists are Dermontti Dawson, Fred Dean, Richard Dent, Randy Gradishar, Kevin Greene, Ray Guy, Charles Haley, Lester Hayes, Bob Kuechenberg, Art Modell, Andre Reed, Ken Stabler, Derrick Thomas, Thurman Thomas, Andre Tippett, Roger Wehrli, George Young and Gary Zimmerman.

The list will be trimmed to 15 modern-era finalists in January. Those finalists, along with seniors committee nominees Gene Hickerson and Charlie Sanders, will be considered by the Hall of Fame selection committee during Super Bowl week and three to six inductees will be elected.

By Mark Maske |  November 16, 2006; 3:59 PM ET  | Category:  Hall of Fame
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I wish they would quit bothering to put Art Monk on the semifinalist ballot. It's an absolute embarrassment to me that he's not yet in the hall of fame, and I believe it tarnishes football's reputation to not have the player who became the alltime receptions leader for a career in the hall. I realize he was a possession receiver, and not overly explosive, but he was one of the most reliable receivers of all time, and doesn't get nearly the credit he deserves.

Posted by: Matt | November 16, 2006 4:26 PM

It's Peter King's and "Dr. Z's" fault. They're so anti-Redskins, that they bully the rest of the voters at the round-table into voting no. Plus they always say Monk never had a "signature game". So, by their reasoning, Swann and Stallworth are in the HOF, even though Monk's career numbers are better than the 2 of them COMBINED!!!!

Posted by: Art81 | November 16, 2006 4:43 PM

While I firmly believe Monk deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, Give Swann and Stallworth their due. They were a part of four title teams. Monk was a big part of three, but remember he didn't play in any of the playoff games in the first Super Bowl run.

However, Monk, based on his stats alone, should have been in the Hall of Fame a long time ago.

Posted by: Gary Digital Williams | November 16, 2006 7:18 PM

Michael Irvin? I guess the inability to speak in coherent, complete sentences is not a barrier to the HOF.

Posted by: Harold | November 16, 2006 7:22 PM

Monk will never make it. Nobody likes Washington, DC.

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