Redskins' great Art Monk 'excited' for Pierre Garçon

Redskins' great Art Monk 'excited' for Pierre Garçon
December 23, 2013, 9:00 am

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Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the second half at FedEx Field.

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For nearly 29 years, Art Monk held the Redskins’ record for most receptions in a single season. 

That mark now belongs to Pierre Garçon. And, on Sunday evening, Monk said he was proud to pass the baton.

“I’m excited for him,” Monk said by telephone. “This is an opportunity that doesn’t come along very often. And so whenever you have an opportunity to set a record in the NFL or in the team, it’s a great opportunity.”

He added: “Having set the record myself, I understand how exciting it is. Records are meant to be broken.”

In 1984, at age 27, Monk hauled in 106 passes for 1,374 yards and seven touchdowns. In Sunday’s 24-23 loss to the Cowboys, that long-standing record finally fell.

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Garçon’s 11th reception of the day-- a 19-yarder in the third quarter that helped set up a go-ahead touchdown--was his 107th of the campaign. With one game remaining, the 27-year-old has 1,290 yards and five touchdowns in his second season with the Redskins.

“I didn’t expect to have it as long as I had, but I’m glad the pressure is off of me now,” Monk said. “He has the opportunity to step forward and get all the praise and glory for it.”