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HoF Vote '04: Monk Falls Short Again

Redskins great Art Monk fell short of the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the fourth year in a row on Saturday.

The former Redskins wide receiver (1980-93) did not receive 80 percent approval from the Board of Electors, a group of sports journalists from NFL cities around the country.

"Art Monk belongs in the Hall of Fame," Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder said. "His teammates know it, those he played against know it, his coaches know it and all Redskins fans know it. There is no acceptable explanation for why he has been denied the honor he deserves."

Monk was one of 15 finalists considered for the Hall of Fame. He was eliminated in the first round of voting that cut the list of finalists to 10. The board voted Saturday morning during the annual meeting held in Houston.

In the end, the board elected to the Hall of Fame four players: Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway, Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Carl Eller and Philadelphia Eagles-Los Angeles Rams-Oakland Raiders offensive lineman Bob Brown.

For complete coverage of the 2004 Hall of Fame class and the enshrinement process, visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame web site.

The Redskins have 21 former players, coaches and team officials in the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The most recent inductee was former head coach George Allen, who was inducted in 2002. The most recent player to be inducted was former safety Paul Krause, who was elected in 1998.

Current Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs was inducted in 1996.

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