The Beast checks in with Monk and Green

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
LANDOVER, Md. -- We just had an opportunity to visit with Darrell Green and Art Monk moments before they were to receive their Hall of Fame rings in a pregame ceremony. I asked Green whether he still hates the Dallas Cowboys.

"I certainly don't want to lose to the Cowboys," Green said. "We had a rivalry against Philly and the Giants, but there was something about playing the Cowboys. If you could get a win and it was against the Cowboys, it was like another straw in your hat."

Green also talked about the signing of Raiders castoff DeAngelo Hall, calling it an "incredible steal."

Green's attending this game with a heavy heart. His 53-year-old brother, Leonard, died unexpectedly Tuesday after experiencing shortness of breath. Green said he'll head to Houston on Monday to attend his brother's wake and the funeral will be Tuesday.

Monk didn't have much to say, which shouldn't come as a shock. But he did tell me that Everson Walls was the former Cowboys player who did the best job of defending him over the years.

"He was a finesse guy," Monk said. "But he was such a great athlete that he made it very difficult."

Monk fondly remembered a Redskins-Cowboys game at Texas Stadium in which Cowboys players attempted to prevent the "Fun Bunch" from celebrating a touchdown. The Redskins avenged a 31-30 loss at RFK by winning, 31-10.