The most productive wide receiver in Redskins history made a beeline for Pierre Garçon one day one day during training camp in Richmond, Va.
Art Monk had a message for the team’s top wideout.
“He told me to keep working hard, keep giving your best effort,” Garçon said. ”He’s definitely somebody we look up to in this community.”
With four games left in a losing season, Monk has given Garçon something to fight for besides personal pride.
In his second year with Washington, Garçon is on the brink of breaking Monk’s single-season records for receptions and receving yards that date back 29 years.
On Thursday, Garçon wished Monk a happy 56th birthday and said he’s not shying away from the challenge.
“(I’m) definitely trying to break all his records, but I’ve been trying to get some wins like he did,” Garçon said.
In 1984, Monk caught 106 passes for 1,372 yards and seven touchdowns for an 11-5 Redskins squad that lost to the Bears in the divisional playoffs. Through 12 games of what could be a Pro Bowl campaign, Garçon has 13 more catches than Monk did through the first dozen contests in ’84. He has 27 less receiving yards than Monk did at that point.
Monk set his long-standing franchise marks in his fifth pro season. This year is Garçon’s sixth in the league.
In 1984, 1985 and 1986 Monk made three straight Pro Bowls and became the first Redskins receiver to produce three consecutive 1,000 yard seasons an catch 70 or more passes for three years in a row.
For his part, Garçon said he was honored to be mentioned in the same company as a “legendary” player and a Hall-of-Famer. More than the receiving statistics, Garçon said he wanted to win like Monk.
In 14 years with Monk on the roster, the Redskins had more trips to the Super Bowl (four) than losing seasons (three).
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