Green and Monk in Canton

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Wow. What a great day Saturday was. The only thing that would have been better is to see it in person. How I regret that. I don't think there will be another day where two of the greatest Redskins ever get inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

In addition to Washington's own Darrell Green and Art Monk, Emitt Thomas, Andre Tippett, Gary Zimmerman, and Fred Dean were enshrined.

I watched most of the ceremony with The Sports Freak. Green was fourth to be enshrined on Saturday evening. He was presented by his son, Jared. Darrell's speech was moving. He talked of family, his faith, and his team. A number of names were mentioned, but there were two interesting omissions. Dexter Manley and Jack Kent Cooke. When I heard Charles Mann named, I figured Manley was next, but it never came. Of the late Jack Kent Cooke, it was odd that John Cooke was mentioned, the son of Jack Kent, who lost in the bidding for the team eventually to Daniel Snyder. In addition, he asked all to think about Tanya Snyder, Dan's wife, who is battling cancer. Things like this, along with his mention of Sean Taylor, shows how much he is still part of the Redskins. The only damper on his enshrinement is that his HOF bust didn't seem to capture that great smile that defined #28.

Art Monk was the last one to be enshrined into Canton this year. Very appropriate since for some odd reason, it took years for the voters to get him in. In front of a very pro Redskins crowd, Monk received a standing ovation that lasted at least 3 minutes. The commentators said that was the longest ovation for an inducted ever. Presented by his son, James, he was the same 81 we remembered from his playing days. Quiet and reserved, his speech was much of the same. Again, a list of Redskins teammates. Who would have thought Ken Coffey would be named twice in the same enshrinement ceremony?

While the induction speeches were moments to remember, one other great moment of the night happened later. Art Monk and Darrell Green were invited on the NFL Network stage to discuss their night with hosts Steve Mariucci and Fran Charles. They then invited their great head coach, the Hall of Famer, Joe Gibbs, when Redskins fans spontaneously busted out with "Hail to the Redskins".

Congratulations to Monk and Green...two great Redskins, two great men.

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