Saturday, August 2, 2008
Hall of Fame Headlines: Redskins Edition
By Dan Graziano
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
- Mark Maske of the Post says the Redskins couldn't imagine a better scenario than Darrell Green and Art Monk being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the same class. Green, a cornerback who was considered too small coming out of Texas A&M, has never been at a loss for words. He's entering the Hall with a close friend who's never had much to say.
Green was considered a lock for the Hall, although he never acknowledged that sentiment. In fact, he and his son, Jared, argued over his credentials on the morning of the vote last February.
"I said, 'You know what, it just hit me: You're seeing my career from your perspective. I'm seeing it from mine,' "Green said of the conversation with his son. "I was JV in 11th grade, walked on in college, dropped out of school, went back, and everyone always told me I was too small, blah, blah, blah. And so we kind of realized, 'You know what, you can respect what I'm feeling, and I can respect what you're feeling. But now you understand why I'm not a shoo-in when I'm looking from my vantage point.' . . . So it was really interesting."
- Post columnist Thomas Boswell does a nice job of explaining the careers of Green and Monk. Make sure you get to the Bobby Mitchell story. Fun stuff.
- Michael Wilbon talks about his frustration with Monk being kept out of the Hall over the years. He could never understand all the arguments against the receiver. Through it all, Wilbon says Monk remained gracious. Here' the note Monk sent Wilbon when he didn't make the cut one year:
"Thanks for the effort . . . now stop worrying about it."
- David Elfin of the Washington Times checks in from Canton. It has to be an incredibly rewarding day for Elfin because he's the one who presented Monk to the voters in February.