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Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs, who coached Monk for 12 years and Green for 10, had another take on his former stars.

“People talk about their physical ability and all the plays they made on the field, but for me it’s kind of the opposite,” Gibbs said. “I think about their character, the kind of people they were and the leadership they provided. I told them both this morning, ‘I really appreciate you guys keeping me in a job, being the leaders that you were.’ That of course, has carried over to the community [with] all their charitable efforts.”

Taylor, a Hall of Fame wideout and a Redskins assistant during the Monk-and-Green era, said “their talent was obvious.”

He said Monk had the ability to throw a devastating block and make a big play downfield. Asked whether Green could have covered him, Taylor smiled and said, “I doubt it.”

Green responded, “If he was used to catching [five passes a game], he would have caught one.”

Green said he sometimes regrets making the play that first brought him national attention, a spectacular rundown of Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett on “Monday Night Football” in 1983 - Green’s first professional game. The play, Green said, prevented people from seeing the skill behind the speed.

Dorsett, also a Hall of Famer, hasn’t forgotten the moment.

“When I finally got him in my vision, I didn’t have anything left to kick it into another gear,” Dorsett said. “When he tackled me, I looked down and said, ‘Where the hell did you come from?’ Twenty-five years later, he’s caught me again. He’s a Hall of Famer. He was supposed to catch me. In sports, speed kills. But to make 20 years in the National Football League, which is almost unheard of, you’ve got to have more than just speed.”

Gibbs said Green and Monk shared more than physical gifts and strong character. They also had a desire to perform in the clutch.

“[When] it got down towards the end of the game, Art wanted the ball and Darrell wanted a chance to run a kick back,” Gibbs said. “They wanted the game to depend on them.”

As for how they’ll react during Saturday night’s induction, Monk said, “Darrell cries over the littlest things. I’ve never been a crier, but who knows what will happen?”

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David Elfin

David Elfin

David Elfin has been following Washington-area sports teams since the late 1960s. David began his journalism career at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., history) and Syracuse University (M.S., telecommunications). He wrote for the Bulletin (Philadelphia), the Post-Standard (Syracuse) and The Washington Post before coming to The Washington Times in 1986. He has covered colleges, the Orioles ...

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