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.
The ceremony, which took place in front of a sold-out crowd of over 900 people at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center, highlighted the collegiate careers of all 24 men.
“What I did in college does get overshadowed, so something like this is great,” Monk said. “You get to step back out into the forefront and say, ‘Hey, I wasn’t just a great professional athlete, but I also did some things in college that were worth being recognized.”
Here’s a splendid video chronicling his Syracuse years:
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