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Here’s Art Monk Fishing

Posted by Matt Terl on May 19, 2011 – 11:29 am

There’s been an awful lot of drama around the Redskins lately, especially considering that there’s no actual football activity taking place. Sometimes, all that stuff becomes too much and you just want to get away to someplace quiet and contemplative — be alone with yourself and your thoughts and some water while you try to trick marine life into eating a hook.

Well, we can’t actually all do that — a fishing field trip is way outside the remit of this blog — but through the magic of AP photography, we CAN join Art Monk on a 1992 fishing excursion. If you’ve got headphones on, you can make it a truly immersive experience by clicking here for the relaxing sounds of water.

After the jump, more relaxing photos and a quick anecdote.
Monk was (and presumably is) an avid fisherman, but I didn’t turn up a whole lot of articles about it. Still, the always-reliable Mister Irrelevant found an old Monk football card with an entry form for a bass fishing tournament, and TheHogs.net reposts this anecdote from Monk’s youth in New York:

The family lived in an apartment above the Shiloh Gospel Chapel, and attended services there. His unusual patience and ability to focus was evident at an early age. His sister, Barbara recalls Christmas of 1962, when she’d given the five year old Art a toy fishing rod as a gift. Lela had a small goldfish bowl in the apartment, and Barbara came home one afternoon to find Art fishing for them with his new rod. “There he was,” she says, “standing in the middle of the living room, holding the rod with the plastic hook in the bowl. Anything he would put his mind to, he would go at it.”


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One Response to “Here’s Art Monk Fishing”

  1. By Tina Sidbury on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Ark you are my long lost Cousin. My grand mothers name was Lizzie Monk

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