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Earnest Byner Remembers Five Years Spent As Teammates With Art Monk

Posted by Stephen Czarda on September 11, 2014 – 3:43 pm

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Former Washington Redskins running back Earnest Byner, one of the 80 Greatest Redskins, played with a lot of great players during his 14-year NFL career, butĀ perhaps none were as dedicated to excelling on the field as Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Monk was.

Byner wrote on FootballByFootball.com, that Monk was one of the best teammates he ever had due to his drive on the field, and his attitude off it.


The best player I ever played with was wide receiver Art Monk. Monk was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008.

Preparation. His note taking was remarkable. I sat on the back row with him and although he had been in the exact offense for 5-6 years, he was taking notes like a rookie.

Practice. He never missed a practice. His work during all our practices was in game speed. Nothing was taken for granted.

Game. He was the most composed and focused guy on the field. In five years of playing I only saw him speak to an opposing player one time. When he did that he was slapping the kid across the head. It shocked us all. We heard nothing else out of that defender!

Coachable. He received coaching just like he was taking notes. He listened like he didn’t know, but practiced and played like it belonged to him.

Off the field. He was the most humble man around. He got a large part of our team’s accolades, but deep down he only wanted to do his job and stay under the microscope. Even thought he walked with a pop in his step he never boosted about anything. He deflected the attention to others.

For all these reasons, Art Monk was a GREAT football player–the best I ever played with.

In five seasons together as teammates (1989-93), Byner and Monk combined for over 8,000 yards of offense and 55 touchdowns.


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