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Art Donovan
Birth: Jun. 5, 1925
Bronx County
New York, USA
Death: Aug. 4, 2013
Baltimore County
Maryland, USA

Hall of Fame Professional Football Player. For twelve seasons (1950 to 1961), he played at the left-defensive tackle position in the National Football League with the New York Yanks, Dallas Texans and Baltimore Colts. He anchored the Baltimore Colts' defensive line during their NFL Championship years of 1958 and 1959. Born Arthur James Donovan Jr., the son of a well-known boxing referee, he attended Mount Saint Michael's High School in the Bronx and earned an athletic scholarship to attend Notre Dame University. His time with the Fighting Irish was brief as his college activities yielded to his service with United States Marine Corps (in the Pacific Theater) during World War II. Upon returning home, he enrolled at Boston College where he continued his collegiate football experience. Not regarded as a player of potential, Donovan was selected by the New York Giants during the 22nd round of the 1947 NFL Draft. It would not be until 1950, when he made his league debut with the original Baltimore Colts' franchise which folded after that season. He went onto the lowly New York Yanks (1951), followed by the Dallas Texans in 1952 (not to be confused with the Dallas Texans of the AFL), prior to finding fame and experiencing the pinnacle of success in Baltimore. With a bevy of Hall of Fame players on both sides of the ball, under the guidance of Hall of Fame coach Weeb Ewbank, the Colts emerged from the 1950s as a league dynasty. Along with Gino Marchetti, Donovan proved to be an opposing quarterback's nightmare, as the pair reeked havoc on offensive lines and provided unbearable pressure on passers. Donovan, was known to his teammates as a tension-reliever with his ability to make light of situations during games. He became a favorite of fans with his colorful personality. He played in 138 regular season games and achieved Pro-Bowl honors five consecutive times (1953 to 1957). Following his football career, he was a frequent guest on the "Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" and was often seen in beer commercials. His autobiography "Fatso" was published in 1987. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968 and is included on the NFL 1950s All-Decade Team. His uniform number 70 has been retired by the Colts' franchise. He died of complications from a respiratory ailment. (bio by: C.S.) 
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  Dorothy Schaech Donovan (____ - 2017)*
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Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens
Baltimore County
Maryland, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 39.45974, -76.61653
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Originally Created by: C.S.
Record added: Aug 04, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 114921739
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Remembering you on the anniversary of your passing. May you rest in peace and may God richly bless you.
- Jeffrey Maksymowski
 Added: Aug. 4, 2017

 Added: Aug. 3, 2017
Happy Belated Birthday, Mr. Donovan. My deepest apologies for the delay of this posting. You were, are, and will always represent everything which is right with athletics. Thank you for the countless memories and moments, which you have and continue to pr...(Read more)
- Anonymous
 Added: Jun. 29, 2017
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