- The Washington Times - Friday, February 4, 2005


Receiver Art Monk arrived in Washington in 1980, and guard Russ Grimm followed the next year. During their 11 years together, the Redskins made the playoffs seven times, went to four Super Bowls and won three championships. Today Monk and Grimm are united again as two of the 15 finalists for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Monk, 47, who retired as the NFL’s leading all-time receiver with 940 catches and a record streak of 183 games with a catch, is a finalist for the third consecutive year. Monk, let go by new Redskins coach Norv Turner in 1994, has been involved in business ventures since his retirement after the 1995 season.

Grimm, 45, was chosen for four straight Pro Bowls before injuries began to plague him in 1988. He retired after the Redskins won Super Bowl XXVI and immediately became an assistant to coach Joe Gibbs. Grimm, now Pittsburgh’s offensive line coach, is a finalist for the first time.

Neither was a flashy player. Monk was the master of the 10-yard out pattern and as reliable as they come, but he scored just 68 touchdowns. Grimm used his superior strength and smarts rather than top-notch athleticism to succeed in the trenches.

David Elfin

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