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Football Great Art Donovan Dies at 89

Aug. 6, 2013

The Boston College Athletics family is mourning the loss of football great Art Donovan, who passed away Sunday evening in Baltimore. He was 89.

Donovan lettered for the Eagles in 1946-49 and helped the team to a 20-13-3 record. He was inducted into the Boston College Varsity Club Hall of Fame and had his jersey retired in Alumni Stadium in 1999.

Donovan went on to have an outstanding 12-year professional football career after being drafted by the Baltimore Colts. He played for Baltimore teams that won world championships in 1958 and 1959 and was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and a member of the NFL's 1950s All-Decade team. He also played for the New York Yanks and Dallas Texans. In 1968, he became the first Colts player and first pure defensive lineman to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was also enshrined in the U.S. Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame.

Donovan is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dorothy, and five children, Debbie, Christine, Arthur III, Mary and Kelly.

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