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Art Donovan Sr.

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Baltimore Colts defensive tackle
edition.cnn.com, 10 Dec 2013
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Baltimore Colts defensive tackle Art Donovan, a charismatic player who was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968, died Sunday, August 4. He was 88. Baltimore Colts defensive tackle Art Donovan, a charismatic player who was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968, died Sunday, August 4. He was 88.
MCCS - Military Life - Sports - All Marine Sports
www.usmc-mccs.org, 23 April 2006 [cached]
Past inductees include baseball legend Ted Williams, Olympic great Robert B. Mathias, International Boxing Hall of Fame member Ken Norton, and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Arthur Donovan Jr.
Weber's Command of the Grill(TM) Cookbook Raises Money for Charities That Directly Benefit Wounded or Killed Marines and Their Families
www.prnewswire.com, 10 April 2006 [cached]
Art Donovan- Former professional football player and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame 3.
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Chef Jamie Purviance, best-selling author of Weber's Real Grilling(TM), Weber's Art of the Grill(TM), and co-author of Weber's Big Book of Grilling(TM) (with Sandra S. McRae), will be the lead judge for the finals competition.
Art Donovan, vocal ex-Colts ...
www.sun-sentinel.com, 5 Aug 2013 [cached]
Art Donovan, vocal ex-Colts defensive tackle, dies at 89
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Art Donovan, former Baltimore Colts football player attended the YMCA of Central Maryland's rededication of the Ring of Honor held at the new Harry and Jeanette Weinberg YMCA at Stadium Place. Baltimore's Ring of Honor is a series of placards with the names of nine Hall of Fame athletes and Hall of Fame broadcaster Chuck Thompson, which once hung in Memorial Stadium. Pictured are Art Donovan, Lenny Moore, Sandy Unitas, and John Mackey.
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Art Donovan, former Baltimore Colts football player attended the YMCA of Central Maryland's rededication of the Ring of Honor held at the new Harry and Jeanette Weinberg YMCA at Stadium Place. Baltimore's Ring of Honor is a series of placards with the names of nine Hall of Fame athletes and Hall of Fame broadcaster Chuck Thompson, which once hung in Memorial Stadium. Pictured are Art Donovan, Lenny Moore, Sandy Unitas, and John Mackey.
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Art Donovan Art Donovan, former Baltimore Colts football player attended the YMCA of Central Maryland's rededication of the Ring of Honor held at the new Harry and Jeanette Weinberg YMCA at Stadium Place.
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Pictured are Art Donovan, Lenny Moore, Sandy Unitas, and John Mackey. (ALGERINA PERNA, Baltimore Sun /May 26, 2005)
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Art Donovan played pro football for 12 years. The rest of his life, he spent telling everyone about it.
Donovan, 89, who died Sunday of a respiratory ailment at Stella Maris Hospice, played and talked a great game. He was a Hall of Fame defensive tackle for the Baltimore Colts and an engaging raconteur at banquets and on TV talk shows. His cherublike face, adenoidal voice and side-splitting tales of yore captivated generations of viewers who never saw Donovan collar a quarterback or take down a runner.
"Artie made a career out of telling people everything that he'd done right - and wrong - in football," said Ordell Braase, his teammate on the field and in the broadcast studio.
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Friends remember Artie Donovan [Video] VIDEO: Friends remember Baltimore Colts great Art Donovan Art Donovan wasn't from here, but he epitomized Baltimore Art wasn't from here, but he epitomized Baltimore
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VIDEO: Art Donovan, Baltimore Colts great, dead at 89
Donovan died just before 8 p.m., surrounded by 15 to 20 family members, said his daughter, Kelly Donovan-Mazzulli.
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Ten times, Donovan appeared on "Late Night with David Letterman," where he spun yarns about his youth in the Bronx, his hitch in the Marines during World War II and his experiences during the sanguinary years of the National Football League, when the game was played by "oversized coal miners and West Texas psychopaths."
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Arthur James Donovan Jr. was born in New York City, the son of a famous boxing referee.
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"I would say, 'Artie, tell me about your World World II service.' And [he would say], 'Well, I got shot in the butt at Okinawa.' That was typical Art Donovan."
Donovan's favorite war story? The time on Guam when he swiped a case of Spam, got caught and was ordered to eat it or go to the brig. In nine days, he polished off all 30 pounds of the processed pork.
His go-to jokes dealt with food and drink. Donovan liked to describe himself as a light eater.
"As soon as it's light, I start to eat," he would say.
View full sizeThis Jan. 14, 1959 ...
www.pennlive.com, 5 Aug 2013 [cached]
View full sizeThis Jan. 14, 1959 file photo shows Art Donovan, defensive tackle for the Baltimore Colts. Donovan, the Hall of Fame defensive lineman who spent much of his 12-year career with the Baltimore Colts, has dead. He was 89. Donovan died Sunday Aug. 4, 2013 at 7:20 p.m. at Stella Maris Hospice in Baltimore, according to Kevin Byrne, senior vice president of the Baltimore Ravens.
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Back in the day when NFL players made little money, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Donovan played for the love of the game and the thrill of winning. He helped the Colts win championships in 1958 and 1959. (AP Photo/File)
BALTIMORE - Art Donovan, the lineman whose hilarious stories about his football career enabled him to maintain his popularity long after his election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died Sunday night. He was 89.
Donovan died at 7:20 p.m. at Stella Maris Hospice in Baltimore, according to Kevin Byrne, senior vice president of public and community relations for the Baltimore Ravens.
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Donovan made a name for himself as a feisty defensive tackle for the Baltimore Colts, helping the team to world championships in 1958 and 1959. He also spent single seasons with the New York Yanks and Dallas Texans in a career that lasted from 1950 through 1961.
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Voted into the Hall of Fame in 1968, Donovan was an outstanding lineman and an even better storyteller. Long after his career was over, Donovan made a living on the talk-show circuit, weaving yarns about the NFL's good old days - as he put it, "When men were, well, men."
Donovan was much like Bob Uecker, who also became popular on late-night talk shows through his stories about sports.
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Donovan performed on the football field as well as anyone at his position, even though he once said the only weight he ever lifted was a beer can.
"Some of the greatest football ever played by a defensive tackle was played by Art Donovan," said Hall of Fame center Jim Ringo, who died in 2007.
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Donovan played in the 1958 championship game between the Colts and New York Giants, a contest that was decided in overtime and ultimately tabbed by some football historians as "The Greatest Game Ever Played. The winner's share was $4,700; the most Donovan ever earned in one season was $22,000.
But Donovan got a million dollars' worth of memories and more than enough material for storytelling. Once, he filled a hotel shower stall with water and went for a dip. Things went swimmingly until the shower door burst open, flooding his room and the one below it.
Donovan had a thousand more stories like that, many of which were chronicled in his autobiography, appropriately titled, "Fatso. Donovan liked to say he was a light eater - "When it got light, I started eating."
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Donovan's father was Arthur J. Donovan Sr., arguably the most famous fight referee of all time. The elder Donovan was the third man in the ring at 19 of Joe Louis' title fights and some 150 championship bouts in all.
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When the younger Donovan grew up and left the tough New York neighborhood of his youth, he fought in World War II and played college football at Notre Dame and Boston College. While he was on the football field, he would just as soon step on a guy's hand than shake it.
Off the field, however, he was nothing more than a big teddy bear.
The late John Steadman, a sportswriter for The (Baltimore) Sun who covered the Colts in their glory years, once said, "Art is a tremendous example for everyone, a wonderful Santa Claus-type individual."
Indeed, Donovan often played the role of Saint Nick at the team's annual Christmas party. His good cheer was no act.
"Wherever Artie goes, people always crowd around him and he makes them laugh," former Colt Dick Syzmanski once said. "Isn't that a gift?"
Donovan broke into professional football in 1950 with the Colts, who folded after his rookie season. He played with the Yanks in 1951 and Texans in 1952 before the Dallas franchise moved to Baltimore and became the second version of the Colts.
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