Art Monk, ex-Redskins receiver, retires from pro football

Art Monk, ex-Redskins receiver, retires from pro football – Washington Redskins

Veteran NFL wide receiver Art Monk, who spent the majority of his career with the Washington Redskins, recently announced his retirement after a 16-year stellar career.

I consider myself more fortunate than most who have played the game,” Monk, 39, said. “By God’s grace, I have achieved far more than I ever could have imagined. I’ve had a wonderful career, and I will miss the game.”

Monk retires with 940 receptions for 12,721 yards and 68 touchdowns. In his last two seasons as a pro player, he played with the New York Jets in 1994 and in 1995 with the Philadelphia Eagles. He did not sign with a team for the 1996 season.

Washington will re-sign Monk so he can officially retire as a Redskin.

“Nothing would delight us more than for Art Monk to officially retire as a Redskin,” said team President John Kent Cook.

Monk’s 940 all-time receptions rank second to San Francisco 49ers Jerry Rice. He is the Redskins all-time leading receiver with 888 and yards receiving with 12,026. He also owns the records for most receptions in a season with 106 in 1984 and is tied for most receptions in a game with 13 set against the Detroit Lions in 1990. With the Jets he set the NFL’s consecutive-games reception record with at least one catch in 183 games. Monk was named to three Pro Bowls (1984-1986) and was a member of three Super Bowl-winning Redskins teams.

Monk says he plans to stay in the Washington area to do work through his Good Samaritan Foundation, a nonprofit organization he co-founded that provides job skills for inner-city youth. He is also principal owner of an advertising agency in Chantilly, VA.

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