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PFT Heroes 2009: The Art Monk Award

1575.jpgArt Monk never displayed the behavior that we’ve come to expect from receivers.  He wasn’t brash, he wasn’t loud, and he didn’t draw attention to himself.  Instead, he did his job, did it well, and waited for the next opportunity to do it again.

His reward for humility?  Until two years ago, he got lost in the shuffle when it came to qualifying for Canton.

This year’s recipient of the Art Monk Award also gets lost in the shuffle, due in part to the team for which he plays and the city in which that team is located.  The Texans always have played second fiddle to the Cowboys in Dallas, and the Texans will continue to do so until, at a minimum, they make it to the postseason, once.  As a result, Andre Johnson rarely gets recognized for the absolute beast that he is.

So we’ll recognize him in this specific context — he was the best receiver in 2009, and he’s the exact opposite of all the loudmouth, look-at-me types who always seem to attract the attention that they crave.

In the past two seasons, Johnson has caught a total of 226 passes for more than 3,100 yards.  Through it all, he has lost only one fumble.

Hopefully, the Texans will finally punch through to the playoffs before Johnson’s career concludes.  He already has seven NFL seasons under his belt, and he has at times been limited by knee injuries.

In the past two seasons, he has been limited by nothing and no one — and he remains the brightest spot on a franchise that has failed to date to capitalize on his talents.

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26 Responses to “PFT Heroes 2009: The Art Monk Award”
  1. MyronB says: Mar 9, 2010 11:08 AM

    *Cue Vox Veritas and other Cowboys fans coming into post to proclaim Miles Austin the best wide receiver in 2009*

  2. Iain says: Mar 9, 2010 11:10 AM

    “In the past two seasons, he has been limited by nothing and no one”
    Um, Darrelle Revis says ‘hello’. Week 1, 2009 wasn’t that long ago…

  3. Black QB White RB says: Mar 9, 2010 11:14 AM

    couldn’t have said it better. he is great

  4. LovinBlue says: Mar 9, 2010 11:16 AM

    Great choice.
    /Colts fan

  5. parasonic says: Mar 9, 2010 11:19 AM

    I’ve said this for a couple years now, if I ever jump ship from washington I’ll get a red andre johnson jersey and wear it with pride. quietest player to ever come from the U that’s for damn sure.

  6. SoCalSean says: Mar 9, 2010 11:36 AM

    Great choice indeed!

  7. JimmyY says: Mar 9, 2010 11:39 AM

    Seven years? Wow, talk about being under the radar. Man’s a stud and deserves all the praise he’s received. If he keeps it up he hopefully will not have to wait as long as Monk did. Congrats, even though its an award from a dang website. Lets see how much weight a PFT award carries.

  8. bwisnasky says: Mar 9, 2010 11:47 AM

    “In the past two seasons, he has been limited by nothing and no one”
    Um, Darrelle Revis says ‘hello’. Week 1, 2009 wasn’t that long ago…
    ————————————–
    Asomugha says ‘hello’ too… in fact, for both years…..

  9. Dave9935 says: Mar 9, 2010 12:11 PM

    “In the past two seasons, he has been limited by nothing and no one”
    Um, Darrelle Revis says ‘hello’. Week 1, 2009 wasn’t that long ago…
    ————————————–
    Asomugha says ‘hello’ too… in fact, for both years…..
    ——————————
    Gotta love the people that have nothing to be proud of except for the fact that their cornerback had a good game. Give the guy the credit he deserves. He plays on a mediocre team where he draws double coverage and doesnt have an ego like T.O. or Ocho Cinco.

  10. jjared1101 says: Mar 9, 2010 12:25 PM

    Cue the Cowboys haters cuing Cowboys fans….

  11. efangule says: Mar 9, 2010 12:28 PM

    How that turd Michael Irvin got in prior to Art Monk is beyond me..
    He must have had something on Peter King to get him to talk him up.
    That dude STILL shouldn’t be in there.

  12. .VoxVeritas says: Mar 9, 2010 12:41 PM

    “*Cue Vox Veritas and other Cowboys fans coming into post to proclaim Miles Austin the best wide receiver in 2009*”
    No, Jason Avant is the best WR in the NFL. Didn’t you get the “Gold Standard” memo?

  13. My Coke Can says: Mar 9, 2010 1:02 PM

    Great choice and sorry Moron B and other cowboys fans, Miles Austin could not hold Andre’s jock.
    There is NO comparison.
    Just like an idiot cowboy fan to throw his 1 cent in. He cant afford 2.

  14. .VoxVeritas says: Mar 9, 2010 1:03 PM

    “How that turd Michael Irvin got in prior to Art Monk is beyond me.. ”
    It’s called and “always the focus of the opposing defense, unlike Art Monk, who was never really more than a #2 guy”.

  15. sdffa11 says: Mar 9, 2010 1:09 PM

    if he keeps it up, hes a HOFer for sure

  16. Anarcho Purplism says: Mar 9, 2010 1:17 PM

    It’s sad that only fantasy footballers really know who he is.

  17. spudz says: Mar 9, 2010 1:23 PM

    The guy is good no doubt about it, but Welker was just as big a beast…in a much smaller body

  18. Dead Coach says: Mar 9, 2010 1:23 PM

    I read the first paragraph and immediately thought of Andre Johnson. There’s a guy who lets his play do the talking, while other less talented receivers are running their mouths or doing stupid stunts to make themselves seem better than they are. Johnson made a play fighting for the end zone last season that should be in the NFL’s top 10.
    While the Jets defense deserves credit for stopping the Texans cold, the Raiders didn’t hold Johnson down. The Texans quit passing because they had a big lead – so says the 6 pass attempts in the second half. Andre had a 62 yard catch in the first half, so I don’t think the Raiders held him down that much. And while Johnson did have his best games against St Louis and Seattle, he also put up good numbers against playoff teams Arizona, Indianapolis, and Cincinnatti.

  19. d-rock says: Mar 9, 2010 1:40 PM

    “How that turd Michael Irvin got in prior to Art Monk is beyond me.. ”
    It’s called and “always the focus of the opposing defense, unlike Art Monk, who was never really more than a #2 guy”.
    —————————————
    Really??? Monk was only the All Time leading reciever in N.F.L. history when he retired…….Not bad for a #2 reciever……….

  20. DocBG says: Mar 9, 2010 2:06 PM

    # jjared1101 says: March 9, 2010 12:25 PM
    Cue the Cowboys haters cuing Cowboys fans….
    ——————————————————
    You are an absolute tool for something like that, and although my own exsistance has been cheapened by commenting on yours, it was worth it because no one else has pointed that out.
    Andre “The Giant” Johnson is spectacular without a doubt.

  21. andymc58 says: Mar 9, 2010 2:12 PM

    “Great choice and sorry Moron B and other cowboys fans, Miles Austin could not hold Andre’s jock.”
    Neither could Art Monk, for that matter. I agree with most of the people on here. Monk was never the best receiver in the league at any point in his career.

  22. efangule says: Mar 9, 2010 2:28 PM

    “It’s called and “always the focus of the opposing defense, unlike Art Monk, who was never really more than a #2 guy”.”
    ———
    And Irvin was the focus? Not Emmitt? Or how to bust up that monstrously oversized yet athletic line? None of that was the focus? It was all Irvin?
    Yeah.. didn’t think so.
    Irvin career is the culmination of him being a push off king and getting away with it.
    Nothing more.. nothing less

  23. JoeSixPack says: Mar 9, 2010 2:30 PM

    You know what else got lost in the shuffle?
    The fact that Andre Johnson is this year’s selection for the Art Monk Award.
    (It’s in the last sentence of the third paragraph, lost amid the self-lauding describing the inspiration of the creation of the Art Monk Award itself.) ;)

  24. Sasquash says: Mar 9, 2010 2:49 PM

    A.Johnson is by far the best wr in the game.

  25. Big Tex says: Mar 9, 2010 4:38 PM

    Maybe Irvin got into the HOF before Monk because he was the lead WR on the most dominant team of the 90′s, had more Pro Bowls than Monk, and averaged almost 20 yards (about 40%) more per game than Monk. Monk averaged over 80 yards per game twice. Irvin did it 5 times and was twice over 90. Michael Irvin is 3rd among all HOF WRs in yards per game trailing only Rice and Alworth.

  26. hsf09 says: Mar 9, 2010 8:43 PM

    We appreciate you here in Houston AJ! Too bad we’ve yet to do a darn thing meaningful. Hopefully we will someday before you want out,get away or retire.

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