TWIRFH: Art Monk

On September 1, 2011, by AMI Staff

This week in Redskins facial hair we bring you Art Monk.

Wait, who? Art Monk? Oh, that Art Monk.

Many people outside of metro-Washington, D.C. and Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder’s memorabilia room have little understanding of just how good Skins wide receiver Art Monk was during his 14 seasons.

Monk and his mustache

The team won three Super Bowls (XVII, XXII, and XXVI) and had only three losing seasons. He was an All-Pro and All-NFC choice in 1984 and 1985 and was named second-team All-NFC in 1986. He was also selected to play in the Pro Bowl following the 1984, 1985 and 1986 seasons.

Nine times during his 15-season career with the Redskins, New York Jets, and Philadelphia Eagles, Monk exceeded 50 catches in a season and five times gained more than 1,000 receiving yards. In 1992, with his 820th career catch, Monk became the NFL’s then-all-time leader in receptions.

Monk finished his career with 940 receptions for 12,721 yards and 68 touchdowns, along with 332 rushing yards. He was the first player in NFL history to record over 100 receptions in a season and over 900 receptions in a career.

Most noteworthy? At one point Monk held the NFL record for career receptions (940), which was broken by Jerry Rice in 1995 during Monk’s last season in the league.

On August 2, 2008, Monk, along with fellow Washington Redskins teammate Darrell Green, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Upon his induction into the Hall of Fame, Monk received the longest standing ovation in Pro Football Hall of Fame history, lasting four minutes and four seconds when later timed by NFL Films.

All of this while maintaining his deep commitment to the Mustached American lifestyle.