Saturday, August 2, 2008 (AP) -- The Hall of Fame induction ceremony had a burgundy-and-gold tint to it. Darrell Green and Art Monk walked across the stage waving their arms and urged thousands of Washington Redskins fans to give them one more salute. Emmitt Thomas, the former Chiefs player and Redskins coach, simply waved back.
The crowd applauded the three other inductees without Washingtonties into the Pro Football Hall of Fame -- Fred Dean, Andre Tippett and Gary Zimmerman -- because they understood they would have been a good fit with the Redskins' blue-collar players.
Most didn't shed a tear. Green did.
"Deacon Jones said I was gonna cry. You bet I'm gonna cry," Green said after his son, Jared, introduced him.
Monk, the sturdy receiver who helped the Redskins win three Super Bowls, was the last to speak, saying simply: "It's an awesome, awesome moment in my life."
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