Today is Redskins Day

Today Redskins fans the world over proved yet again that we are the best fans in the world.  And don’t take my word for it, ESPN anchors Trey Wingo and Tom Jackson agreed that there was more burgundy and gold in the crowd than the colors any other team could muster for a hall of fame induction.

I can’t tell you what it means to me to have seen this today.  As a Skins fan who is older than he’d like to admit, my love for this team was formed by Art Monk and Joe Gibbs and Darrell Green.  Seeing them all on the stage (and someone has to explain to me how Russ Grimm wasn’t there, too, how is he not in the Hall?) together brought tears to the eyes of someone remembering his youth.

I don’t think I can really say much of anything intelligent or meaningful right now.  I’m just too excited.  But today is a day for memories and I thought I’d share a few and then hopefully you guys will write in to talk about your memories of Monk and Green, too.

The first play most people remember about Darrell Green is the Monday Night play where he caught Tony Dorsett from behind. That was the night he introduced himself to a national audience.  I actually remember a few years later in the playoffs when Green was called on to return a punt against the Bears and tore his abdominal muscle in the middle of the return and ran the last 30 yards holding his side.  But it wasn’t the play itself, it was the fact that he was back the next game, and because of his religion he refused pain killers. How anyone could play at his level with that injury I’ll just never know. And the fact that he tried is something I’ll never personally forget.

As for Monk, to be honest, I don’t have a specific memory.  And I personally think that is why it took him so long to get into the hall. Signature plays like the Immaculate Recption and such unduly influence voters. The memory that sticks in my mind the most for Monk is just the referee signaling first down. And that’s why it was so great that tonight the crowd provided the memory I was missing.  The 4 minute long standing ovation rewarding honesty, courage, hard work, and integrity over the flash of the modern receivers was proof that at least an intelligent fan base like the one in DC knows the real deal when they see it.  Art Monk made me proud to be a Redskins fan today, and Redskins fans made me proud today, too.

More as I think on the meaning of the day, but for now, please comment on your favorite Green/Monk/Redskins moments.  Hail to the Redskins!

-DW

Topics: Art Monk, Darrell Green, Hall Of Fame, Redskins

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  • http://riggosrag.com/ Redskins Guy

    I remember Monk catching a TD in our last superbowl win. I also remember when he broke the record for catches while playing against Denver.  We won the game by a field goal in overtime on monday night if memory serves.

  • http://riggosrag.com/ Redskins Guy

    I’ll also always remember the cheezy ’80′s style poster I had hanging in my basement.   Clark, Monk, and Sanders in their football outfits and some cowboys (like the ones with six shooters, not the football players) were tied up and sitting in the corner.  All it said was “Fear the Posse” or something like that. It was awesome.  I want to go dig it up and hang it on the wall now.

  • http://riggosrag.com/ Redskins Guy

    And while we’re at it, let me just say how proud I am to have such stand up quality heros like Monk and Green.  A Redskins Hall of Famer isn’t a cokehead or some idiot who’s in love with himself.  He’s not a jerk who gets suspended for punching his teammate, or someone who gets arrested for beating his wife.  He doesn’t dump his wife and trade her in for a younger woman when she gets a little older. We’ve got humble, real people to look up to who can serve as solid examples for our kids and our family.  I respect them both not just as football players but as people.

  • http://thelandryhat.com thelandryhat

    This pains me: Congrats to Darryl Green and Art Monk, two class-act football players I always respected in the game.

  • http://thelandryhat.com thelandryhat

    Guy, I take offense to your third post. I know to whom you are referring and you are so full of shit, it’s annoying. Never humble, you. Never. You can’t just be proud to have such players from your organization. You have to attack ours. Well, the COwboys have plenty more HOFers to whom you can look up to.

  • dwagner

    Thanks, Dan.  And yes, to be fair, while I do think it is totally ridiculous that Michael Irvin beat Monk to the hall, it can’t be denied that there are some class acts in the Cowboys organization.  Particularly when Landry was running the show rather than Johnson and Switzer.  One of the reasons the Skins-Cowboys rivalry was special to all football fans is that Tony Dorsett, Roger Staubach, and other Cowboys were as much a class act as Green and Monk.  It is only in the 90′s and 00′s where both new owners have occasionally forgotten this and brought in players less worthy of their uniforms that this rivalry has gone from a clash of two class organizations to a more nasty rivalry on both sides.

    One of the best thing about Wade Phillips and Gibbs/Zorn is that both sides of aisle now understand what it means to wear these uniforms again and I expect a long, exciting rivalry built on mutual respect again.

    -DW

  • http://riggosrag.com/ Redskins Guy

    I won’t deny that Michael Irvin was on my mind, but he was hardly the only one. Lawrence Taylor comes to mind, for example.  I also thought of Deion Sanders who will probably get inducted very soon.  And I thought of all the football players who have sixteen kids with fourteen different women, none of whom they married.

    Did Michael Irvin beat his wife or leave her and marry a younger woman? Did he punch his teammate? If so, that’s news to me.  I really wasn’t trying to point the finger at one person.  Just saying how blessed we are to have two great players who don’t do that sort of crap.  I’m sorry if you took offense. 

    There are even Redskins players who have done some of those things.  Manley had a drug problem.  Dana Stubblefield got arrested for beating his wife.  I just love that our truly great players on the field are truly great off the field as well.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    it’s your day redskins fans, we’ll all take a step back and take our hats off to 2 great players for you guys, and also all of us as football fans can be proud of. your’re right we need more role models like these 2 gentlemen TODAY. congrats to them, and the redskin fans

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    i just see that trouble is something all these players are in for. when you get millions of dollars, and a free pass for a moment in time, these young guys can’t handle it. it makes em crack, and succum to the temptations. most are undereducated and have no moral support or guidance in their lives. i wish each team would really look at the investment they make in these players as more than just financial, but as a commitment to see these guys through their young lives. teams should be more responsible for the physical and MENTAL trainung of these young athletes. they owe it to them. just my opinion. but i beleive you’d see more darrell greens and art monks if teams took those stands.

  • Staubach

    dwagner, will you please cut that out! How are we supposed to hate one another when you write rational stuff like that?
    Now get back to that “your team sucks, blah blah” kind of talk! ;-)
     

  • dwagner

    If that’s what you want, Staubach, you’ve got it!  Tony Romo will miss five games this year due to herpes outbreaks caused by contact with Jessica Simpson.  Interestingly enough, in non-Cowboys news Matt Leinart will also miss five games due to herpes outbreaks from contact with Nick Lachey.  Roy Williams will watch so many receivers run by him on deep routes that Wade Phillips will consider installing toll booths to at least slow them down.  Pac Man Jones will avoid getting arrested for three months, but when he is arrested it will be for shooting Terrell Owens because TO was so tired of not getting media attention that he will  start doing situps in front of Pac Man’s house.  Sadly, Pac Man will mistake him for an intruder and shoot him with Barry Switzer’s gun. He had to use Switzer’s because Tank Johnson’s arsenal will be distributed to a polyagomist sect in Texas that is afraid it will be raided soon.

    Is that more like what you had in mind? :)

    -DW

  • Staubach

    Thank You!
    Totally biased emotional talk is easier than common sense fair minded rational analysis

    By the way, Redskins Suck and your entire defensive line will catch herpes! Phew. Feel better already ;-)
    peace
     

  • dwagner

    If the d-line catches herpes it will be from when Jessica comes to her sense and realizes that your big-eared, goofy smiled, afraid to stay in the pocket QB isn’t worth her time and she decides to be with real men.  Real men who can dance!

    -DW

  • Staubach

    See? I told you the team should change it’s logo to the Washington Monument ;-)

    As far as Jessica goes it really confuses me. The QB of the Dallas Cowboys could have anyone he wants. You know like not just beauty, but actual brains with it as well. Then again, he is young and talking is just a waste of time. Think she would prefer a golfer than a dancer. They carry a bigger club (hmmm.. has the theme in this blog gone to the gutter?) Oh well.  As long as it brings laughs

  • Staubach
  • Staubach

    arghh the moderation hangup

    I will try this again. For you MR. Wagner
    youtube.com/watch?v=nyO2NKC8MqM

  • http://riggosrag.com/ Redskins Guy

    Sorry about that Staubach. Original message is approved. That brings back some memories. :)