Help Art Monk get into the Hall Of Fame!

Some of you have expressed interest in an effort to help persuade the Hall Of Fame voters to elect Art Monk to the Hall Of Fame. It was raised as a topic here on the board a little while back, and some of us talked about it some after one of the player chats.

It was decided that campaign of letter and email writing, targeted towards the eligible members of the media who vote for the HOF, might be useful in reminding them of Art's accomplishments during his very worthy career.

To help that effort, Monkster took the names of all the eligible voters, and generated a contact list for all of them. I am providing that list at the end of this post, and we encourage all board members to take a little time, create a letter expressing your feelings on the subject, and send it to each of the voters or as many as you can.

We don't want to send a form letter, so I encourage each of you to express in you own words why you feel Art deserves nomination. But here are some things that you might want to mention:
  • Art Monk retired the leading receiver all time in the NFL .
  • Art is #5 on the all time reception list and #9 on the all time receiving yards list.
  • Monk has better numbers in yards, receptions, and Touchdowns than Joiner, who is in the Hall Of Fame, yet did it in 2 fewer seasons.
  • Monk caught a record breaking 106 catches in 1984, he had 13 receptions in a 1990 game vs. Detroit, and had a 230 yd receiving day against the Bengals in 1985.
  • Monk played for many seasons in a run oriented offense, and had to share time with other great receivers such as Clark, yet he was arguably the most clutch Redskins player from that era.
  • Monk's teams went to 4 Super Bowls, winning 3. They were 16-5 in post season play. He was part of the 1983 club that set the NFL record for most points scored in a season.
  • Redskin's teams dominated the 80's, went to 4 Super Bowls and won 3, played in the toughest division in the NFL, and provided some of the finest football of that era. Yet only 1 player and Gibbs represent that team.
  • Monk wasn't flashy, he didn't grab headlines, yet he was the epitome of the consummate professional who got the job done. Perhaps not a TD machine, although he could be that, but a reliable chain mover who at times was unstoppable.

Here is the list:

Lee Shappell, Arizona Republic
The Arizona Republic
200 E. Van Buren Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 444-8000
(800) 331-9303 outside the Phoenix metro area

Furman Bisher, The Atlanta Journal
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
P.O. Box 4689
Atlanta, GA 30302
404-526-5151 or 1-800-846-6672

Mike Preston , The Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore Sun
501 N. Calvert Street
P.0. Box 1377
Baltimore, Maryland 21278
Sports: 410-332-6200
Toll free number: 800-829-8000

Mark Gaughan , Buffalo News
Buffalo News
1 News Plaza
PO Box 100
Buffalo, NY 14240
716-849-3434 or (800) 777-8640

Charles Chandler , Charlotte Observer
The Charlotte Observer
600 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte NC 28202
Phone: 704-358-5000 ext 5123

Don Pierson , Chicago Tribune  ***
Chicago Tribune, 435 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611, or sending via fax to 312-222-2598

Chick Ludwig , Dayton Daily News
Dayton Daily News, P.O. Box 1287
Dayton, OH 45401-1287
Sports Fax(937) 225 -7352

Tony Grossi , Cleveland Plain Dealer
700 West Saint Clair Ave. Suite 414
Cleveland, OH 44113.
1.800.362.0727 ext4670

Rick Gosselin , Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
PO Box 655237
Dallas, TX 75265-5237
214.977.8222 ext 8033

Woodrow Paige , Denver Post
The Denver Post
1560 Broadway
Denver, Colorado 80202-1577
(800) 336-7678 ext 1938

Jerry Green , The Detroit News  ***
Note: Put Attn: Jerry Green in the subject field
The Detroit News
615 W. Lafayette
Detroit, MI 48226
313-222-2260; Fax: 222-6019

Cliff Christl , Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
P.O. Box 661, Milwaukee, WI 53201
(414) 224-2000/ fax 2049

John McClain , Houston Chronicle  ***
Houston Chronicle
801 Texas Ave.
Houston, Texas

Mike Chappell , Indianapolis Star
The Indianapolis Star
P.O. Box 145
Indianapolis, IN 46206

Sam Kouvaris , WJXT-TV
4 Broadcast Pl.
Jacksonville, FL 32247
904-399-4000 main
sports 904-393-9831/fax 9822

Bob Gretz , KCFX Overland Park, KS
101 The Fox
5800 Foxridge Drive, 6th Floor
Mission, KS 66202
Office: 913.514.3000

Edwin Pope , Miami Herald  ***
Miami Herald
One Herald Plaza
Miami, FL 33132
305-350-2111 or 1-800-HERALD5 (1-800-437-2535)

Sid Hartman , The Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Star Tribune
425 Portland Ave.
Minneapolis MN 55488

Ron Borges , Boston Globe
P.O. Box 2378
135 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02107-2378
(617) 929-2000

Pete Finney , Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune, 3800 Howard Avenue,
New Orleans, LA 70125
Toll Free - 1-800-925-0000

Vinny DiTrani , Bergen Record
Note: Put ATTN: Vinny DiTrani in the Subject Field
The Bergen Record
150 River St.
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Phone: 201-646-4700
Fax: 201-646-4428

Paul Zimmerman , Sports Illustrated
Phone: (212) 522-1212 QUESTIONS:
Phone: (404) 827-4500
General Information Email: Publicity and Media Relations : (212) 522-8473

Frank Cooney , The Sports Xchange
415.269-32332 (only one who answer's his own phone)
prefers email

Paul Domowitch , Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News
P.O. Box 7788
Philadelphia, PA 19101

Ed Bouchette , Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
34 Blvd. of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Customer Service: 1-800-228-NEWS (6397)
Main Switchboard: (412) 263-1100

Bernie Miklasz , St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Main Phone Number: (314) 340-8000 800-365-0820
Sports 314.340-8192 / fax 3070
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
900 North Tucker Blvd.
St. Louis, Mo. 63101

Jerry Magee , San Diego Union Tribune [ ***
San Diego Union-Tribune
P.O. Box 120191
San Diego, 92112-0191 CA
(619) 299-3131 or (800) 244-6397

Ira Miller , San Francisco Chronicle  ***
San Francisco Chronicle
901 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tel: 415-777-1111.

John Clayton , ESPN/ESPN Magazine
Requires snail mail
C/O ESPN Magazine
19 E. 34th Street
New York, NY 10016

Tom McEwen , Tampa Tribune
Tampa Tribune
P.O. Box 191
Tampa, FL 33601
(813) 259-7600 / Fax

Jeff Legwold , The Tennessean
The Tennessean
1100 Broadway
Nashville, Tenn. 37203
(615) 259-8300
Toll-free outside Tennessee: 1-800-351-1752

Len Shapiro , Washington Post  ***
C/O The Washington Post
1150 15th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20071

Adam Schefter , The Denver Post
The Denver Post
1560 Broadway
Denver, Colorado 80202-1577
Toll-free: (800) 336-7678
All departments: (303) 820-1010

Jarrett Bell , USA Today
7950 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22108-0605
800-872-0001 703-854-3400

Dave Goldberg , Associated Press  ***
International Headquarters
50 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, N.Y. 10020

Peter King , Sports Illustrated
Phone: (212) 522-1212 QUESTIONS:
Phone: (404) 827-4500
General Information Email: Publicity and Media Relations : (212) 522-8473

Bob Oates , Los Angeles Times
Put ATTN: Bob Oates in the Subject field.
Sports Department
Los Angeles Times
202 W. 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 237-5000/ Fax 7876

Len Pasquarelli ,
ESPN Plaza
Bristol, CT 06010
(860) 766-2000

Mike Wilbon , Washington Post
C/O The Washington Post
1150 15th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20071

*** Also serves on the Senior Selection Committee.