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NFL Hall of Famer, Baltimore Colt Art Donovan Dies at 88

by Courtney Jacobs
AFRO Staff Writer

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    This Dec. 28, 2008 file photo shows Hall of Fame member and former Baltimore Colts player Art Donovan smiling during a half time ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Colts and New York Giants World Championship Game, during halftime of a football game in Baltimore. Donovan, the Hall of Fame defensive lineman who spent much of his 12-year career with the Baltimore Colts, has died. 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. 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. Photo/Gail Burton (AP File Photo)

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Former Baltimore Colt and NFL Hall of Famer Art Donovan, died Aug. 4 at the Stella Maris Hospice in Baltimore from a respiratory disease. He was 88.

Donovan played as a defensive tackle in the NFL for 12 seasons, 10 with the Baltimore Colts. During his career, Donovan was selected to five Pro Bowls, was selected as an All-Pro four times, and won two NFL championships. His no. 70 jersey was retired by the Colts, and he entered the Hall of Fame in 1968.

After his football career, Donovan became an icon in Baltimore and beyond. He published an autobiography entitled “Fatso” in 1987, owned and managed the Valley Country Club outside Baltimore, and appeared on the “Late Show with David Letterman” several times.

Donovan also made guest appearances on the Nickelodeon show “The Adventures of Pete & Pete” and appeared in the WWF as a guest commentator for 1994’s “King of the Ring” event. Donovan also worked as a pitchman for the Maryland State Lottery and ESPN.