Class of 1976
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Date of birth December 5, 1957 (age 49)
Place of birth White Plains, NY
Position(s) Wide Receiver
NFL Draft 1980 / Round 1 / 18th Overall
Pro Bowls 1985, 1986, 1987
Honors NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
70 Greatest Redskins
Redskins' Ring of Fame
Pro Football Reference
1995 Washington Redskins
New York Jets
James Arthur "Art" Monk (born December 5, 1957, in White Plains, New York), is a former American football wide receiver who played in the National Football League. Nicknamed "Quiet Man" or simply "#81" for his humble and professional demeanor, he played collegiately at Syracuse University as a receiver and running back. The Washington Redskins drafted Monk in 1980 and converted him to flanker, a position that he pioneered as a member of Coach Joe Gibbs' innovative offense.
Along with Gary Clark and Ricky Sanders, he was part of a prolific wide receiver trio nicknamed "The Posse," as they became the first trio of wide receivers in NFL history to post 1,000-plus yards in the same season (1989). At the end of his career, he played briefly for the New York Jets and the Philadelphia Eagles before retiring as a Redskin. The NFL honored Monk by naming him to the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team.
With the Redskins, Monk played in Super Bowl XVIII, Super Bowl XXII and Super Bowl XXVI. He also won a Super Bowl ring as a member of the team in Super Bowl XVII, but did not play in it due to injury. Monk finished his 16 NFL seasons with 940 receptions for 12,721 yards and 68 touchdowns, along with 332 rushing yards. Monk's most noteworthy NFL accomplishment was his record for career receptions (940), broken by Jerry Rice during the final week of 1995, Monk's last season in the league.
Despite being the first to eclipse 900 receptions, as well as retiring with the single season receptions record (106) and the most consecutive games with a catch (183), Art Monk has been passed over several times for entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including 2007, when Michael Irvin was the only wide receiver inducted. He is ranked fifth for all-time receiving (receptions) on the NFL Hall of Fame top 20 list , 8 places above Michael Irvin.
Monk helped found The Good Samaritan Foundation  with his Washington teammates Charles Mann, Tim Johnson and Earnest Byner. Monk also lends his name to a youth/high school football camp.
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