"Vernon Earl Monroe" is an American retired professional basketball player. He played for two teams, the Washington Wizards/Baltimore Bullets and the New York Knicks, during his career in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Both teams have retired Monroe's number. Due to his on-court success and flashy style-of-play, Monroe was given the nickname Earl "The Pearl".If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous athletes! More Earl Monroe on Wikipedia.