Art Donovan

Art Donovan (5 June 1924 – 4 August 2013) was a defensive tackle that played with the Baltimore Colts (1950, 1953-1962), New York Yanks (1951), and the Dallas Texans (1952). In his second run with the Colts, Donovan became one of the outstanding defense tackles in the game, selected to five straight Pro Bowls (1953-1957). The Colts won back-to-back championships in 1958 and 1959. Selected to the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 1968, Art Donovan was one of the stars in the greatest football game ever played, the 1958 title game between the Baltimore Colts and the New York Giants on 28 Dec 1958. The game ended in a 17-17 tie and went into overtime (the first NFL game to do so). Donovan’s tackle enabled Johnny Unitas to lead the Colts in an 80 yard scoring drive to win the game.

A much younger Art Donovan received a scholarship to the University of Notre Dame in 1942, but left after one semester to join the United States Marine Corps. He took part in some of the fiercest engagements, including the Battle of Luzon, and the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Now enjoy this interview of Art Donovan on the Johnny Carson Show. Rest in peace, Art


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Retired Marine, historian, writer.

4 thoughts on “Art Donovan”

  1. He did tell an amusing story in another video about stealing a case of Spam. Marines … they always employ the finder’s keeper’s formula for the redistribution of wealth.


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