LANDOVER, Md. (CBSDC) — Art Monk’s record stood for 29 years before Pierre Garcon hauled his 107th catch of the season on Sunday.
During the one-point loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Garcon bested Monk’s record for most receptions by a Washington Redskins wide receiver in a single season.
When reached by phone following the game, Monk heaped praise on his record holding successor — a man who has been one of the few bright spots of a dreadful Redskins team this season.
“I’m excited for him. It’s an opportunity that doesn’t come along very often, so whenever you have an opportunity to set a record with the NFL or a team, it’s a great opportunity,” Monk said. “Having set the record myself, I understand how exciting it is, so I’m excited for him. Records are meant to be broken. I didn’t expect to have it as long as I had it, but I’m glad the pressure is off of me now. He has the opportunity to step forward and get all the praise and the glory for it.”
In kind, Garcon was complimentary of the Hall of Fame member.
“It’s cool. I’m not going to lie about that,” said Garcon. “To be up there with Art Monk and those guys – I saw Doug Williams today, and it’s pretty cool. But, there’s still a lot more that I can do, and want to do, and will try to do throughout my career here. It’s just football.”
Of course there’s also the reality the moment and record are bittersweet.
“It’s pretty cool, but with the season going on like this, it’s pretty hard to celebrate anything right now,” he said.