HOF Spotlight: Art Donovan

Name: Art Donovan
Position: Defensive Tackle
Pro Career: 1950 – 1961
Team Affiliation(s): Baltimore Colts, New York Yanks, Dallas Texans
College: Boston College
Induction Class: 1968

Brief Bio: Vastly overlooked in his high school and college playing days, Art Donovan became one of the greatest professional defensive linemen in history. Even as a 26-year-old rookie, due to his military service during WWII, Donovan was a pass rushing and double-team-splitting force to be reckoned with. He used that dominant on-field play and his contagious off-field morale to help transform the young and fledging Colts club into a championship-caliber franchise. During his illustrious 12-year playing career, Donovan was selected All-NFL in five consecutive seasons and played in five Pro Bowls. One of the league’s most popular players of his generation, he led the legendary Colts defensive line that won the league championship in 1958 and 1959.

Career Stats: 138 games played; 1 safety

1952 Bowman #46

Featured Card: 1952 Bowman #46. Donovan was in his third season in the NFL, his only one with the Dallas Texans, when he was featured on his own rookie card. Even as a defensive lineman, his rookie card is relatively valuable, with eBay listings ranging from $75 to a staggering $1,219.99, with an obvious grading preference. There are many various cards featuring Donovan in his much more famous Colts uniform spanning everything from vintage base cards to junk wax era HOF-specific sets to modern throwbacks and cut autographs with corresponding prices that you would expect for each type.

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One Response to HOF Spotlight: Art Donovan

  1. Art was a hometown favorite for the colts and we’re glad he’s finally getting some recognition outside of memorial stadium!

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