Art Donovan

Arthur James Donovan Jr. (June 5, 1924 – August 4, 2013), nicknamed the Bulldog, was an American football defensive tackle who played for three National Football League (NFL) teams, most notably the Baltimore Colts. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968.

Art Donovan
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Donovan in 2010
No. 39, 49, 70
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born:June 5, 1924
Bronx, New York
Died:August 4, 2013 (aged 89)
Baltimore, Maryland
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
High school:Mount Saint Michael Academy
(The Bronx, New York)
College:Boston College
NFL Draft:1947 / Round: 22 / Pick: 204
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Player stats at PFR
Art Donovan
AllegianceUnited States United States
Service/branchU.S. Marines seal U.S. Marine Corps
Battles/warsWorld War II

Early life

Art Donovan, born June 5, 1924,[1] was the son of Arthur Donovan, Sr., a boxing referee, and the grandson of Professor Mike Donovan, the world middleweight boxing champion in the 1870s.

Art attended Mount Saint Michael Academy in the Bronx. He received a scholarship to the University of Notre Dame in 1942 but left after one semester to join the United States Marine Corps, enlisting in April 1943. He served four years, to include service in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He took part in some of the conflict's fiercest engagements, such as the Battle of Luzon and the Battle of Iwo Jima. He also served as an ammo-loader on a 40mm gun on the aircraft carrier USS San Jacinto and as member of 3rd Marine Division. His earned citations, which included the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the Philippine Liberation Medal, and would later earn him a place in the U.S. Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame, the first pro football player so honored. After the war, he completed his college career at Boston College.

Professional football career

In each of his first three seasons, Donovan played for a team which went out of business. He started out with the first Baltimore Colts, who folded after his rookie season in 1950, followed by the New York Yanks in 1951, and their successor, the Dallas Texans, in 1952. After the Texans franchise was moved to Baltimore in 1953 and became the second Baltimore Colts, Donovan played with that team. He became one of the stars in an outstanding defense and was selected to five straight Pro Bowls, from 1953 through 1957. The Colts won back-to-back championships in 1958 and 1959. He was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968.[2]

During his career, Donovan played in what many believe was one of the most important games in NFL history, the 1958 title game between the Colts and the New York Giants.[3] The contest between the two teams took place on December 28, 1958 and ended in a 17-17 tie. Because it was the championship game, it went into overtime, the first NFL game to do so. Donovan made an important tackle during the overtime, stopping the Giants and allowing Johnny Unitas to lead the Colts on an 80-yard scoring drive to win the game.[3]

The NFL's first overtime game, witnessed by 40 million viewers on nationwide television, captured the public imagination and became known as the "greatest game ever played." Donovan was one of 12 Hall of Fame players to take part - six of them Colts - but at the time he was not aware of the game's significance[3]

Post-playing career

He published an autobiography, Fatso, in 1987. He was noted as a jovial and humorous person during his playing career and capitalized on that with television and speaking appearances after retiring as a player. He owned and managed a country club near Baltimore. Donovan also appeared ten times on the Late Show with David Letterman, telling humorous stories about his old playing days and about other "old school" footballers he played with and against. He relayed a story that he played without a helmet and in fact is shown on football cards without a helmet. Letterman wore Donovan's No. 70 Colts jersey in the famous Super Bowl XLI commercial with Oprah Winfrey and Jay Leno.[4] Donovan also made several appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.[5][6]

Donovan guest-starred in the Nickelodeon show The Adventures of Pete & Pete in the episode "Space, Geeks, and Johnny Unitas". He also appeared as a guest commentator at the WWF King of the Ring tournament in 1994.[7] Donovan's appearance at the event would become infamous among wrestling fans for being seemingly uninformed about the product as well as generally befuddled behavior such as repeatedly asking how much certain wrestlers weighed.[8] He was joined by Gorilla Monsoon on play-by-play, who inadvertently referred to Donovan as "Art O'Donnell", and Randy Savage.[8]

He was co-host of the popular 1990s program Braase, Donovan, Davis and Fans on WJZ-TV in Baltimore with Colt teammate Ordell Braase. The trio talked more about Art Donovan's fabled stories than contemporary NFL football, but the show held high ratings in its time slot. He was also a pitchman for the Maryland State Lottery and ESPN.



Donovan was married to the former Dorothy Schaech for 57 years. Since 1955 they owned and managed the Valley Country Club[9] in Towson, Maryland. Although he was the owner, Donovan was known for doing manual labor at the club to include painting and working in the kitchen washing pots and pans.[3]

Death and legacy

Donovan died August 4, 2013, at Stella Maris Hospice in Baltimore from a respiratory disease at age 89.[10]

With the death of Art Donovan this past week, sports lost one of its last genuine characters, in every sense of the word. A lot of guys try to get our attention. Donovan was that rare guy who didn't have to try. He was as good on the field – he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his second try - as he was off it. He appeared on "Late Night with David Letterman" and "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" and reduced both hosts and their audiences to howling in seconds. Often the jokes were at his expense. Self deprecation is not a quality prevalent today. Like many athletes, who were part of the Greatest Generation, he left football during World War II and joined the Marine Corps fighting in the Pacific Theater including Iwo Jima. His former teammate, Raymond Berry, told that he once asked Donovan about the war. "He said to me, 'Raymond, I got shot in the ass on Iwo Jima.' " If you are young enough to have missed Donovan during his heyday on the late night circuit, head to and check out some of his old clips. If you are old enough to remember Donovan, you should head to YouTube as well, just to refresh your memory. Donovan died last Sunday at age 89. He was a player and a great storyteller and we'll never see another guy like him. That's sad for us, but it's a darn good epitaph.[11]


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  2. ^ "Art Donovan, Pro Football Hall of Famer, dies at 88". Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d Schudel, Matt (August 7, 2013) "Colt a Hall of Famer on the field, a card off it" The Washington Post, page B6.[1]
  4. ^ "HALL OF FAME DT ART DONOVAN DEAD AT 89". AP. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  5. ^ "Art Donovan, Uncensored, on Tonight Show, April 12, 1990". YouTube. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  6. ^ "Art Donovan on the Tonight Show". YouTube. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  7. ^ McNeill, Pat (2002). The Tables All Were Broken: McNeill's Take on the End of Professional Wrestling. iUniverse. p. 278. ISBN 0-595-22404-0.
  8. ^ a b Simon, Harry (August 4, 2013). "Classic Induction: Art Donovan - Man of a Thousand Questions. And They Were All "How Much Does This Guy Weigh?"". WrestleCrap. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
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  10. ^ "Art Donovan, vocal ex-Colts defensive tackle, dies at 89". Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on August 20, 2013. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  11. ^ Hamilton, Tracee (August 11, 2013) "Donovan was the real deal, both on the field and off it" The Washington Post. Page D2.

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1947 NFL Draft

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1951 Cleveland Browns season

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1957 All-Pro Team

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1958 All-Pro Team

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1960 All-Pro Team

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1961 Baltimore Colts season

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2014 ESPY Awards

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Art Devlin (ski jumper)

Arthur "Art" Donovan Devlin (September 7, 1922 – April 22, 2004) was an American ski jumper who competed during the 1950s. A native of Lake Placid, New York, he finished fifth in the individual large hill at the 1950 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships which were held in Lake Placid. Devlin also made five Olympics teams, competing in the 1952 and 1956 Winter Olympics, where he finished 15th and 21st in the individual large hills, respectively.Prior to the 1950s, Devlin also flew fifty combat missions over Europe during World War II as a B-24 pilot, earning three Purple Hearts and numerous other military honors.

While in ski jumping, Devlin went into the hotel business in 1953, opening Art Devlin's Olympic Motor Inn, a hotel he would run until he retired and passed it onto his son, Art, Jr., in 1992. He also was a color commentator for ABC Sports during the 1964, 1968, 1976 and 1980 Winter Olympics, becoming lifelong friends with sportscaster Chris Schenkel.

Devlin, with fellow Lake Placidians J. Bernard Fell, Norman Hess, Ronald MacKenzie, Jack Shea, Vern Lamb, Luke Patnode, Serge Lussi, Bob Peacock and Bob Allen, also led the effort to bring the 1980 Winter Olympics to Lake Placid, lobbying across Europe to present their case to the International Olympic Committee. In 1974, Sports Illustrated magazine gave each kudos for their efforts.

Devlin married and had three children. His first wife died in 1989 and he remarried several years later. He died of brain cancer in 2004.

Donovan (name)

Donovan is an Irish surname and given name meaning "dark princeling."

People with the surname include

Art Donovan (1924–2013), US American football player, NFL Hall of Famer

Bill Donovan (1876–1923), a pitcher and manager in Major League Baseball

Bill Donovan (Boston Braves pitcher) (1916–1997), a pitcher in Major League Baseball

Billy Donovan, head coach of Florida Gators men's basketball team

Carrie Donovan, magazine editor

Casey Donovan (porn star), gay porn star

Casey Donovan (singer), Australian Idol winner

Charles Donovan, naturalist

Chris Donovan (ice hockey), American ice hockey player

Chris Donovan, American television director and producer

Christopher G. Donovan, Connecticut politician

Daisy Donovan, English television presenter, actress, and writer

Dan Donovan (guitarist), singer/songwriter, guitarist for Tribe of Dan

Dan Donovan (keyboardist), keyboardist for Big Audio Dynamite and Dreadzone

Dan Donovan (politician), American politician

Dick Donovan (baseball player) (1927–1997), Major League Baseball pitcher

Don Donovan (1929–2013), Irish footballer and manager

Edward Donovan (1768–1837), Anglo-Irish zoologist

Elisa Donovan, American actress

Gerard Donovan, Irish novelist and poet

Hedley Donovan, editor in chief of Time Inc.

Jacquelyn Piro Donovan, American musical theater actress and singer

James B. Donovan (1916–1970), lawyer and sailor

James G. Donovan (1898–1987), Democratic politician, former New York State Senator and US congressman

James H. Donovan (1923–1990), Republican politician, former New York State Senator

Jason Donovan, Australian pop rock singer and actor

Johannah Leddy Donovan, American politician

John J. Donovan, American entrepreneur and former university professor

John Thomas Donovan (1878–1922), Irish nationalist politician

Kevin Donovan, English football player

Landon Donovan, American soccer player

Lisa Donovan, American internet actress

Mark Donovan, Welsh actor

Martin Donovan, American actor

Michael Donovan, voice actor and Emmy-nominated voice director

Patsy Donovan, Irish-American professional baseball player

Raymond J. Donovan, US Secretary of Labor

Roy Donovan, Australian rules footballer

Shean Donovan, Canadian ice hockey player

Stacey Donovan (Kelley Howell), model and porn star

Tara Donovan, American artist

Tate Donovan, American actor

Terence Donovan (actor), Australian actor

Terence Donovan (photographer), British photographer

Tim Donovan, political editor for the BBC

William Joseph Donovan, American lawyer and Office of Strategic Services chief in World War II, known as "father of the CIA"People with given name include

Donovan Bailey, Canadian sprinter, former 100 metre world record holder

Donovan Blake, American cricketer

Donovan Frankenreiter, American singer-songwriter

Donovan Gans, American football player

Donovan Phillips Leitch, Scottish folk musician (professionally known simply as Donovan)

Donovan Leitch, Jr., actor and son of Donovan Phillips Leitch

Donovan McNabb, American football player, quarterback for the Washington Redskins

Donovan Patton, American actor

Donovan Ricketts, Jamaican soccer player, goalkeeper with the Los Angeles Galaxy

Donovan Slacks, leader of a militant British fishermen's uprising in the 1920s

Donovan Simmonds, English football (soccer) player

Donovan Mitchell, American Professional Basketball Player, Shooting Guard for the Utah Jazz

Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens

Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum is a cemetery and mausoleum in Timonium, Maryland, a Baltimore County suburban community. It is located at 200 E. Padonia Rd, about two miles (3 km) east from the Padonia Road exit off Interstate 83. The 7th and 6th holes of the Longview Golf Course border much of the cemetery; the other borders are Padonia Road and a residential neighborhood. Dulaney High School is nearby and the cemetery's administrative offices are directly across the street from the main entrance to the burial park. There is another entrance leading to Gibbons Road but this is normally kept locked.

Founded in 1958 by John Warfield Armiger, Sr., the 70-acre (28 ha) cemetery was owned and managed by the Armiger family until July 17, 2007, when it was sold to Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home corporation. It averages 900 burials annually. Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens has a large mausoleum and chapel with a number of stained glass windows.

The cemetery has a Fallen Heroes section and memorial tableau, dedicated to police officers and firefighters from the local area who were killed in the line of duty and interred there at no charge. The cemetery holds a "Fallen Heroes Day" commemoration each May with an invited speaker.There is also a Field of Honor surmounted by a circle of flags for deceased military veterans. Dedicated on National Flag Day, June 14, 1967, the tribute is supported by the American Legion and other veterans' groups. An annual Memorial Day ceremony with invited dignitaries attracts large crowds there.Notables interred at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens include:

Spiro Agnew, Vice President of the United States and Governor of Maryland

Art Donovan, National Football League player and member, Pro Football Hall of Fame

Irv Hall, Major League Baseball player

Pat Kelly, Major League All-Star baseball player

G. E. Lowman, international radio evangelist

Don McCafferty, National Football League player and coach

William Donald Schaefer, Mayor of Baltimore, Governor of Maryland, and Comptroller of Maryland

Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts Pro Football Hall of FamerThere is also a cenotaph in memory of former Comptroller of Maryland Louis L. Goldstein, who is interred at Wesley Cemetery in Prince Frederick, Maryland.

Images of Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens

Ernie Stautner

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George Preas

George Robert Preas (June 25, 1933 – February 24, 2007) was an American football lineman in the National Football League for the Baltimore Colts.

Preas grew up in Roanoke, Virginia and played high school football at Jefferson High School, graduating in 1951. He went on to star at Virginia Tech, and was inducted as a member of the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 1983, the second year Tech honored its former athletes.

He was drafted by the Baltimore Colts, and played offensive tackle for the Colts from 1955–65, alongside teammates like quarterback Johnny Unitas, receiver Raymond Berry, running back Lenny Moore, left tackle Jim Parker, defensive tackle Art Donovan and defensive end Gino Marchetti.

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Jack Bannon

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King of the Ring (1994)

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Owen Hart won the tournament by defeating Tatanka, the 1–2–3 Kid and Razor Ramon over the course of the evening. He used his coronation ceremony to criticize his brother Bret, with whom he was feuding. The Hart brothers' feud led to a Steel Cage match for Bret's WWF World Heavyweight Championship. Although Owen lost the title match, the feud carried on as more family members got involved.

In addition to the tournament, several other matches were held at the event. In a grudge match between two semi-retired wrestlers, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper defeated Jerry Lawler. Bret Hart defended his WWF World Heavyweight Championship against Diesel. Diesel won the match when Hart's brother-in-law Jim Neidhart interfered. As a result, Hart retained the title. The other match was for the WWF Tag Team Championship, in which The Headshrinkers successfully defended the belts against the team of Yokozuna and Crush.

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Luminary Group

Luminary Group LLC, founded in Indiana in 2006, is a licensing and intellectual property management company that represents the estates of several personalities, including Babe Ruth, Vince Lombardi, Jesse Owens, Cy Young, Buddy Holly, Honus Wagner, Satchel Paige, Bob Denver and others.Luminary Group has recently allied with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) in filing amicus briefs in support of Right of Publicity recognition throughout the United States, in cases involving various student athletes. They have also contributed to legislative efforts concerning the Right of Publicity, most recently concerning Indiana's Right of Publicity law. Luminary Group's founder, Jonathan Faber, authored the primary elements of the bill and testified in support of the bill. Faber teaches a course entitled The Right of Publicity at Indiana University's Robert H. McKinney School of Law.Luminary Group's personnel have been cited or quoted in publications including Billboard Magazine's article examining the value of Bob Marley's intellectual property assets, and the American Bar Association's national magazine. The company recently licensed Lombardi, the Broadway production based on Vince Lombardi, on behalf of the Family of Vince Lombardi.Luminary Group's executives have also provided expert witness testimony, valuations or consulting in relation to lawsuits concerning the following:

Uma Thurman v. Lancome

Nikki Sixx v. Vans, Thrasher

Zooey Deschanel v. Steve Madden Shoes, Kohl's

Oscar de la Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions

Curtis Publishing and the Saturday Evening Post Society, Inc.

Estate of Arthur Bemelmans v. DIC EnterprisesOther Luminary Group clients included Johnny Unitas, Josh Gibson, Art Donovan, Raymond Berry and Sam Snead.

Mount Saint Michael Academy

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Ordell Braase

Ordell Wayne Braase (born March 13, 1932) is a retired American football defensive end in the National Football League. He played with the Baltimore Colts throughout his career. While Braase was with the Colts they won the NFL Championship three times, in 1958, 1959 and 1968. He was a Pro Bowl pick in both 1966 and 1967. In his final season (1968), the Colts went to Super Bowl III, on January 12, 1969, only to lose to the New York Jets.

During his football career in Baltimore, Braase performed in commercials for Dixie Cola, even singing their jingle.

Following his retirement as an active player, Braase was a restaurant owner in Timonium, Maryland, and in the 1970s was an executive with a Baltimore truck body manufacturer. He also teamed with play-by-play announcer Chuck Thompson to provide color commentary for radio broadcasts of Colts games. In the 1990s, he co-hosted a popular program, Braase, Donovan, Davis and Fans on WJZ-TV in Baltimore with fellow Colt teammate Art Donovan. The trio talked more about Art Donovan's fabled stories than contemporary NFL football, but the show held high ratings in its time period.

Braase now lives in Bradenton, Florida.

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