20 Facts About Art Monk


James Arthur Monk was born on December 5,1957 and is an American former professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins, New York Jets, and the Philadelphia Eagles.


Art Monk is considered by many NFL players, coaches and analysts to be one of the greatest wide receivers of all time.


Art Monk is a relative of jazz pioneer Thelonious Monk.


Art Monk attended and played college football at Syracuse University, where he was a four-year Orangemen letter winner.


Art Monk led the team in receiving in 1977,1978 and 1979 and still ranks in the top 10 on several school career record lists, including career receptions, all-time receiving yards and receiving yards per game.


Art Monk was drafted in the first round of the 1980 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins.


In 1984, Art Monk caught a then-NFL record 106 receptions for a career-best 1,372 yards.

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Art Monk caught eight or more passes in six games, had five games of 100 yards or more, and in a game against the San Francisco 49ers caught ten passes for 200 yards.


Art Monk went over the 1,000-yard mark in each of the following two seasons, becoming the first Redskins receiver to produce three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.


Art Monk became the first Redskins player to catch 70 or more passes in three consecutive seasons.


Art Monk was an All-Pro and All-NFC choice in 1984 and 1985 and was named second-team All-NFC in 1986.


Art Monk was 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, Art Monk exceeded 50 catches in a season and five times gained more than 1,000 receiving yards.


Art Monk set the record for career receptions when he caught his 820th in a Monday Night game against Denver on October 12,1992.


Art Monk became the first player to eclipse 900 receptions, and pushed the record up to 940 before being overtaken by Jerry Rice in the final week of his last season.


Art Monk retired with the most consecutive games with a catch.


Art Monk was named to the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team.


Art Monk became the first player in the league to record a touchdown reception in 15 consecutive seasons, as well as the first player ever to record at least 35 receptions in 15 consecutive seasons.


In 2012, Art Monk was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.


Art Monk is executive and co-founder of Alliant Merchant Services, an electronic payment services company located in Northern Virginia.