Pictured above are Darrell Green and Art Monk, two new enshrinees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame — two very cold new enshrinees. They are standing behind their Hall of Fame busts and in front of enough balloons to fill eight bar mitzvahs, getting ready to receive a pair of rings that represent the final symbol of their Hall of Fame enshrinement. You can see the rings, and the ceremony, after the jump.
In addition to a football game that is apparently somewhat important, Sunday night will also see Darrell Green and Art Monk, the most recent Hall of Fame Redskins, receive their Hall of Fame rings during a pre-game ceremony.
If you’re attending the game, be sure to get to your seats early for the ceremony. Also, the first 50,000 fans into the stadium will receive one of the much-discussed Redskins Rally Rags, so there’s even more incentive for you.
Pictured above is the booklet that the PR department put together to hand out to Sunday’s media. It contains the press release about the event, statistics and old clips about each of the two guys, and a whole mess of quotes about them both. Here are just a few of those quotes, to get you ready for the pregame festivities.
The pictures of Art Monk and Darrell Green arrived for the Hall of Fame wall, replacing temporary (and unofficial) inductee Ethan Albright.
If these pictures had been put up in real time as players were inducted, the wall wouldn’t have changed since George Allen’s induction in 2002. Which means that if some Redskins blog had started the same time as ur-sportsblog Deadspin (in 2005) and had been inclined to mention changes on the HOF wall … well, there still wouldn’t have been any more updates than there have been in the last two months. Just another sign — alongside this week’s various excitements — that we are living in interesting Redskins times.
The results are in on ESPN SportsNation’s “Franchise Players” poll, which purports to determine the “best of all time for every NFL team.” The winner for the Redskins is Darrell Green, although not by a particularly overwhelming majority: of 47,481 votes cast, Darrell has 29.7% of them, the lowest percentage of any team’s winner.
By contrast, Brett Favre takes a 73.2% of 102,801 votes in Green Bay, and Dan Marino takes 90.4% of the 47,233 votes cast about Miami, and Barry Sanders earns a whopping 94.6% of the Lions vote. Even Bobby Hebert got a solid 44% of the Saints’ 65,366 votes (which I assume has driven Archie Manning into some sort of berzerker rage).
All of which is a roundabout way of saying that the Redskins don’t actually have a single face of the franchise. Cold Hard Football Facts calls Sammy Baugh the face of the franchise. USA Today called Clinton Portis the face of the team (although they were clearly talking about the team at the time of writing, not all time). ExtremeSkins tackled the topic in 2006, with no conclusive results — most people suggested Joe Gibbs, who wasn’t eligible on the ESPN poll — and TheWarpath.net had pretty much the same outcome in 2007.
For me, after being around the team for the last month or so, my opinion has changed. At the time of the voting in the ESPN poll, I believe I voted for Art Monk, one of my favorite players I’ve ever seen. Now, though, I think I’d have to go with Sonny Jurgensen — one of the best pure passers alive when he was a player, and he’s also gone on to be something a voice of the team on radio and TV. I remember watching him co-host Redskins Sidelines as a kid, and I’ve listened to him on the radio broadcasts all my life. And watching him interact with the team’s rookies at the Hall of Fame cemented my agreement with Sonny’s 3.1% of the ESPN voters. That would make me feel old, I suspect, but their commenters are running heavily in favor of Sammy Baugh, so that helps a bit.
Director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer is a Redskins institution. This is his 37th season with the team, so he seemed like a good person to go to for some reflections on Darrell Green and Art Monk.
His office was being vacuumed when I got there, so our conversation started in the hall in front of the pictures of Redskins Hall of Famers, which proved a helpful beginning.
So you’ve been with team 37 years, and have treated seven Hall of Famers.
Whoa, I didn’t realize that.
There’s a few guys on the current roster who list D.C. or one of its suburbs as their hometown. After practice today, I tried to track them down and see what they remembered about the guys who are being inducted.
(There are two interesting conclusions you might draw from their memories. One is that one reason it took so long for Monk to get in to the Hall is because he doesn’t have a signature catch that everyone remembers. The other is that NFL Films memorializing one of your signature moments does great things for you, as only one of these guys was more than a year old when Darrell Green ran down Tony Dorsett from behind.)
Shawn Springs, thirteenth-year CB from Silver Spring, MD
I remember those guys because I used to come to the games with my dad, who played for the Cowboys. One thing I remember is Darrell Green running down Tony Dorsett – that’s like a classic moment. I mean, that’s impressive to be able to do that because NO ONE catches Tony Dorsett. He’s like lightning, and Darrell ran him down.
As far as Darrell Green, I remember I was in eighth grade, Darrell Green was out there. High school, Darrell Green was out there. I’m in college, Darrell Green is still out there. I’m in the NFL and I’m like, damn! It’s 20 years!
It’s one of the few people you actually grow up and he’s on the same team, so when you think of the Redskins, you think of Darrell Green. He’s one of the few people in the modern era who was on the same team. You know, Deion was on, like, FIVE teams.
One guy, on one team, for twenty years … that doesn’t happen anymore, not since free agency.