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This Day In History: Redskins Draft Art Monk

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Being right on first-round picks doesn't always happen, but the Washington Redskins hit a monster home run with the 18th-overall pick in the 1980 NFL Draft, landing Syracuse wide receiver Art Monk.

Monk, of course, is now best known as a Pro Football Hall of Famer, a Redskins legend and perhaps the best wide receiver to ever don the burgundy and gold.

In 14 seasons with the Redskins, Monk recorded franchise bests in receptions (888) and receiving yards (12,026) while also hauling in 65 touchdowns.

Hall of Fame wide receiver Art Monk is celebrating his 56th birthday today! In honor of his day, take a look back at his illustrious career.

Three times he was selected to the Pro Bowl and was named an All-Pro in 1984, nabbing a career-high 106 receptions for 1,372 yards and seven touchdowns.

His receptions number was the franchise single-season benchmark until 2013 when Pierre Garcon surpassed him with a 113-catch campaign.

After a long wait, Monk was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008 alongside Darrell Green, a fellow former Redskins first-round pick.

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