Hall of Fame: Irvin, Matthews Get In, Monk Out
Redskins receiver Art Monk's failure to get in means he's highly unlikely ever to get in. Redskins fans hate it, but it's time for them to understand that it's just not going to happen for him. This was the best chance Monk had, with a groundswell of support from some of the writers had been most vocal in opposition to him in the past.
Matthews got in on his first year of eligibility; Irvin got in on his third. Wehrli was the biggest surprise -- he no doubt got some vocal support from writer Paul Zimmerman, who has long advocated Wehrli's induction even though most fans younger than 40 have probably never heard of Wehrli. Hickerson was a great blocker for Jim Brown; Sanders was a player and team executive for the Detroit Lions.
Here's how I would have voted:
YES: Russ Grimm, Gene Hickerson, Bruce Matthews, Paul Tagliabue, Thurman Thomas, Derrick Thomas
NO: Richard Dent, Fred Dean, Ray Guy, Michael Irvin, Bob Kuechenberg, Art Monk, Andre Reed, Charlie Sanders, Gary Zimmerman, Roger Wehrli, Andre Tippett
Note: By rule, the Hall of Fame must induct between three and six new members.