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Art Donovan on The Tonight Show
Art Donovan on The Tonight Show
Published: 2010/08/15
Channel: Mike Webb
1989 - Art Donovan
1989 - Art Donovan
Published: 2014/10/18
Channel: AllDavidLetterman
Art Donovan, Uncensored, on Tonight Show, April 12, 1990
Art Donovan, Uncensored, on Tonight Show, April 12, 1990
Published: 2017/12/06
Channel: Don Giller
Chuck Bednarik, Art Donovan "Golden Age of Football"
Chuck Bednarik, Art Donovan "Golden Age of Football"
Published: 2015/12/04
Channel: Zach Joseph
1986 (Dec.) - Art Donovan
1986 (Dec.) - Art Donovan
Published: 2011/12/25
Channel: AllDavidLetterman
Wrestling
Wrestling's Most Botched - #5 Art Donovan ( How Much Does This Guy Weigh? )
Published: 2017/05/10
Channel: Controversial Wrestling Shoots
1986 (Aug.) - Art Donovan
1986 (Aug.) - Art Donovan
Published: 2015/01/24
Channel: AllDavidLetterman
NFL - Special - Men Who Played The Game - Baltimore Colts DT Art Donovan imasportsphile.com
NFL - Special - Men Who Played The Game - Baltimore Colts DT Art Donovan imasportsphile.com
Published: 2016/07/17
Channel: rocio Suastegui
The Legend of Art Donovan at King of The Ring 1994
The Legend of Art Donovan at King of The Ring 1994
Published: 2017/07/29
Channel: TVTraX
How Much Does This Guy Weigh? - Botchamania Ending
How Much Does This Guy Weigh? - Botchamania Ending
Published: 2011/09/04
Channel: Ben Rutherford
Art Donovan NFL Hall Of Famer Dies Art Donovan Died 89 yrs RIP
Art Donovan NFL Hall Of Famer Dies Art Donovan Died 89 yrs RIP
Published: 2013/08/05
Channel: mamma tejada
Art Donovan on Letterman, 1/14/88 Part 1
Art Donovan on Letterman, 1/14/88 Part 1
Published: 2011/04/18
Channel: jerkylfish
Braase, Donovan and Fans
Braase, Donovan and Fans
Published: 2013/02/09
Channel: gmonath
Art Donovan
Art Donovan
Published: 2014/01/22
Channel: ted greenfield
Botchamania 144
Botchamania 144
Published: 2010/08/06
Channel: TableofJapan
1988 - Art Donovan on Elf Night :)
1988 - Art Donovan on Elf Night :)
Published: 2011/12/31
Channel: AllDavidLetterman
Arthur Donovan among most memorable NFL players
Arthur Donovan among most memorable NFL players
Published: 2013/08/08
Channel: WBAL-TV 11 Baltimore
Braase, Donovan and Fans
Braase, Donovan and Fans
Published: 2017/03/25
Channel: Maryland Memories
Art Donovan interview
Art Donovan interview
Published: 2013/05/24
Channel: David Spada
09-08-1986 Letterman Art Donovan
09-08-1986 Letterman Art Donovan
Published: 2015/08/20
Channel: CassandraK TVentura
Fans, friends say goodbye to Colts legend Art Donovan
Fans, friends say goodbye to Colts legend Art Donovan
Published: 2013/08/09
Channel: WBAL-TV 11 Baltimore
Art Donovan on playing the Rams
Art Donovan on playing the Rams
Published: 2013/08/08
Channel: will lewis
1995 - Art Donovan
1995 - Art Donovan
Published: 2013/10/27
Channel: AllDavidLetterman
1994 - Art Donovan  & then Julia Child
1994 - Art Donovan & then Julia Child
Published: 2013/10/19
Channel: AllDavidLetterman
Art Donovan Commercial
Art Donovan Commercial
Published: 2010/12/09
Channel: chiefzabu
Art Donovan on Letterman, 1/14/88 Part 2
Art Donovan on Letterman, 1/14/88 Part 2
Published: 2011/04/18
Channel: jerkylfish
Inside PressBox Aug. 11, 2013: Fans Remember Art Donovan
Inside PressBox Aug. 11, 2013: Fans Remember Art Donovan
Published: 2013/08/09
Channel: PressBox Sports
MD:ART DONOVAN FUNERAL- CASKET CHURCH CEREMONY
MD:ART DONOVAN FUNERAL- CASKET CHURCH CEREMONY
Published: 2016/07/21
Channel: CNN
Tribute to Art Donovan
Tribute to Art Donovan
Published: 2013/08/19
Channel: AdjustedContent
VINTAGE LETTERMAN     November 27, 1997 - Kevin Spacey, Art Donovan, The Wallflowers (FULL SHOW)
VINTAGE LETTERMAN November 27, 1997 - Kevin Spacey, Art Donovan, The Wallflowers (FULL SHOW)
Published: 2017/11/27
Channel: Daniel Poitras
Remembering Michael Ansara, Dick Kazmaier, Art Donovan, Cowboy Jack Clement
Remembering Michael Ansara, Dick Kazmaier, Art Donovan, Cowboy Jack Clement
Published: 2013/08/21
Channel: Rememberingthepassed
Art Donovan, Uncensored, on Tonight Show, April 12, 1990 -Best Show
Art Donovan, Uncensored, on Tonight Show, April 12, 1990 -Best Show
Published: 2017/12/10
Channel: Dante Lavertue
King of the Ring 94 Report
King of the Ring 94 Report
Published: 2015/06/08
Channel: Monsoon Classic
'NFL' Art Donovan, Pro Football Hall Of Fame, Dies At 88
Published: 2013/08/05
Channel: Alejandro Fernandes
How did Art Donovan die?
How did Art Donovan die?
Published: 2013/08/05
Channel: CelebrityDies
NFL funny man Art Donovan dies at 88
NFL funny man Art Donovan dies at 88
Published: 2013/08/05
Channel: andy ross
Art Donovan 9000
Art Donovan 9000
Published: 2013/08/05
Channel: TheArt0Donnell
"Best of Botchamania" Ending #25: Art Donovan Of Fighting
"Best of Botchamania" Ending #25: Art Donovan Of Fighting
Published: 2011/02/23
Channel: ToJGoesHollywood
Art Donovan on Multicultural Steampunk - Clockwork Gazette Newsreel 0002
Art Donovan on Multicultural Steampunk - Clockwork Gazette Newsreel 0002
Published: 2012/02/06
Channel: ClockworkGazette
Jay Donovan • Motorcycles as Art 2017
Jay Donovan • Motorcycles as Art 2017
Published: 2017/09/06
Channel: Sturgis Buffalo Chip
RIP Art Donovan...Baltimore Colts Legend
RIP Art Donovan...Baltimore Colts Legend
Published: 2013/08/05
Channel: ThaSportsJunkies101
Randy Edsall shares Art Donovan memories with Glenn
Randy Edsall shares Art Donovan memories with Glenn
Published: 2013/08/05
Channel: WNST
Art Donovan on Letterman in 1988
Art Donovan on Letterman in 1988
Published: 2013/08/05
Channel: sprstrmahesh
Art Donovan Dies Pro Football Hall Of Famer Dies At Age 88 VIDEO
Art Donovan Dies Pro Football Hall Of Famer Dies At Age 88 VIDEO
Published: 2013/08/05
Channel: whosreallyguilty11
Art Donovan "The Art of Steampunk"
Art Donovan "The Art of Steampunk"
Published: 2011/10/15
Channel: ehamlib
"Voices Together: The Art as Memory Project" Preview 2 -  Ehren & Donovan
"Voices Together: The Art as Memory Project" Preview 2 - Ehren & Donovan
Published: 2015/11/05
Channel: Art As Memory
53rd UF Dairy Production Conference - Art Donovan (University of Florida)
53rd UF Dairy Production Conference - Art Donovan (University of Florida)
Published: 2017/04/21
Channel: UF Dairy Extension Channel
Art Donovan HiRez
Art Donovan HiRez
Published: 2013/08/23
Channel: Wildart2
Ghetto Art by Donovan Kushner
Ghetto Art by Donovan Kushner
Published: 2015/04/28
Channel: Ransford Doherty
Steampunk art exhibition 2008
Steampunk art exhibition 2008
Published: 2008/10/10
Channel: bobtvbob
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Art Donovan
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Donovan in 2010
No. 39, 49, 70
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1924-06-05)June 5, 1924
Bronx, New York
Died: August 4, 2013(2013-08-04) (aged 89)
Baltimore, Maryland
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 263 lb (119 kg)
Career information
High school: Bronx (NY) Mount St. Michael
College: Notre Dame, Boston College
NFL Draft: 1947 / Round: 22 / Pick: 204
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Military career
Allegiance United States United States
Service/branch U.S. Marines seal U.S. Marine Corps
Battles/wars

World War II

Player stats at PFR

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.

Early life[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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 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[5] tournament in 1994.[citation needed] Donovan's appearance at the 1994 King of the Ring 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.[6] He was joined by Gorilla Monsoon on play-by-play, who inadvertently referred to Donovan several times as "Art O'Donnell", and Randy Savage.

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.[citation needed]

Achievements[edit]

  • Played 12 seasons, 138 games
  • Five-time consecutive Pro Bowl Selection (1953-1957)
  • Four-time consecutive first-team All-Pro (1954-1957)
  • First Colt to enter Pro Football Hall of Fame (1968)
  • Part of 1958, 1959 NFL champion Baltimore Colts
  • Began NFL play with Baltimore as a 26-year-old rookie (1950)
  • Hosted the 1994 WWF King of the Ring Tournament
  • U.S. Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame (2004)

Personal[edit]

Donovan was married to the former Dorothy Schaech for 57 years. Since 1955 they owned and managed the Valley Country Club[7] 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[edit]

Donovan died August 4, 2013, at Stella Maris Hospice in Baltimore from a respiratory disease at age 89.[8]

"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 NFL.com 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 YouTube.com 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".[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/06/sports/football/art-donovan-a-behemoth-of-modesty-dies-at-89.html?ref=obituaries&_r=0
  2. ^ "Art Donovan, Pro Football Hall of Famer, dies at 88". NFL.com. Retrieved 5 August 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 5 August 2013. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "Art Donovan: Man of a Thousand Questions (and They Were All "How Much Does Dis Fella Weigh?")". Wrestlecrap.com. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  7. ^ http://www.valleycountryclub.com/valley_country_club_history.html
  8. ^ "Art Donovan, vocal ex-Colts defensive tackle, dies at 89". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  9. ^ 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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