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Seven years ago today, wide receiver Art Monk and cornerback Darrell Green were elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
And even though Monk had to wait eight years to get elected, it seemed fitting he and Green, longtime teammates, could enter the historic club together.
Monk, a first-round draft choice by the Redskins in 1980 and was a unanimous all-rookie selection.
He set NFL records for most catches in a season (106) and most consecutive games with at least one reception (164), a streak that extended to 183 games. In 1992, with his 820th career catch, he became the NFL’s then-all-time leader in receptions.
During his 14 seasons with the Redskins, the team won three Super Bowls and Monk, called one of the strongest outside receivers in the game by legendary head coach Joe Gibbs, was a Pro Bowler for three consecutive years following the 1984-86 seasons.
Green, another first-round pick by the Redskins, began his career at cornerback with a lot of promise, taking a 61-yard punt return back for a touchdown, the first time he had touched the ball in the NFL.
Named the NFL’s Man of the Year in 1996, Green helped take home the latter two Redskins’ Super Bowl victories. Over his 20 seasons, he established himself as one of the greatest Redskins and cornerbacks in NFL history, recording 54 career interceptions, six of which he returned for a touchdown.
“People always told me I was too short, or not good enough,” Green said to his alma-mater Jones High School a few years ago. “But I listened to what my father told me which was that I was a good player and I was fast and look where that got me. Look how well I did. Let me be a lesson that you can do anything and don’t let people bring you down.”
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