If you are staying inside on this beautiful day, chances are you’ve already stumbled across at least 12 college football games spanning every major network. For most, college is the last time they’ll play the sport at an organized level, but there are always those select few who make it a career. Even then, a high percentage make it only three years–tops. Few dominate at both levels. 80 Great Redskin Art Monk was one of them.
Monk, born outside of New York City, attended Syracuse University where he showed glimpses of greatness starting as an 18-year old. By the time he wrapped up his 716-yard senior season, he held the school record for most receiving yards in a career and most receiving yards per game.
As the story goes, Monk was drafted in the first round of the 1980 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. From there the rest is history, breaking records year after year, but his accomplishments would have gone unrecognized if it weren’t for the media. He remained mum about individual honors throughout his tenure as the top target on the Redskins’ decade of dominance and just wanted to play the sport he grew up loving.
This week, after already being elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008, Monk was one of 24 men enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
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It may be Labor Day weekend, but the Washington Redskins and the NFL never stop working. Later today, the Redskins will be required to cut their roster down to 53 men before the Eagles game coming up in just nine days. Yes Redskins fans rejoice—we are in the single digits.
Anyway ever since about February 4th tis the season of season previews and now, with rosters trimming down to league standards, the guys at NFL.com collectively shared their thoughts on among other things, the NFC East and NFC wildcards.
In an interview with ESPN980 last week, general manager Bruce Allen dubbed the NFC East as the “SEC of the NFL” and after a simple eye check it’s appropriate to agree with his sentiment. Not only have the Redskins, Cowboys and Giants (maybe next time Philly) combined to win 12 Super Bowls, but the division is now entering a resurgence thanks to yours truly—the Washington Redskins.
Entering this season, there are more unpredictable factors since quite possibly the 1979 season when the Redskins finished 10-6—third in the division and out of the playoffs. The difficulty of picking this division is reflected by the 11 NFL.com writers.
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