1950 Baltimore Colts, 1951 New York Yanks, 1952 Dallas Texans, 1953-1961 Baltimore Colts
Arthur James Donovan, Jr. . .First Colt to enter Pro Football Hall of Fame. . .Began NFL play as 26-year-old rookie in 1950 . . .Vital part of Baltimore's climb to powerhouse status in 1950s. . .All-NFL, 1954 through 1958. . .Played in five Pro Bowls. . .Great morale builder on Colts teams. . . Son of famous boxing referee of same name. . . Played at Boston College after World War II Marines service. . .Born June 5, 1925, in Bronx, New York...
Arthur "Art" Donovan Jr. was born June 5, 1925 in Bronx, New York. Donovan joined the Marine Corps one year after entering Notre Dame on a football scholarship. During World War II, he served on active duty from 1943 to 1945, and participated in significant combat operations in the Pacific. Donovan served as a antiaircraft gun crewman aboard the USS San Jacinto where he saw action in the following major raids and battles; Caroline Islands, Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and Luzon. After the war Donovan then attended his final three years at Boston College, starting as a two-way tackle the entire time.
The 6-foot-3, 265-pound defensive tackle was smart and quick, able both to rush the passer and to move laterally to stop running plays. Donovan joined the Baltimore Colts in 1950, who would become the New York Yanks in 1951, and the Dallas Texans in 1952. During those 3 seasons, the franchise was reorganized and by1953, they returned to Baltimore, where only thirteen of the Dallas players returned. Donovan was an All-Pro from 1954 through 1957, and he anchored the defense for Baltimore's first championship team in 1958.
The Colts retired his jersey, Number 70, in 1962 when he departed professional football and was paid the greatest tribute by being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968.
Mr. Donovan still resides in Baltimore as the owner of the Valley Country Club.