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1956 Topps #36 Arthur Donovan card

SKU: Arthur Donovan #36 $5.95
Arthur James ''The Bulldog'' Donovan Jr. (June 5 1924 August 4 2013) was an American football defensive tackle better known as Art Donovan who played for three National Football League teams most notably the Baltimore Colts. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968. He was easily recognized due to the crew cut he sported. In each of his first three seasons Donovan played for a team which went out of business. He started out with the first Baltimore Colts who folded after his rookie season in 1950 followed by the New York Yanks in 1951 and their successor the Dallas Texans in 1952. After the Texans franchise was moved to Baltimore in 1953 and became the second Baltimore Colts Donovan played with that team. He became one of the stars in an outstanding defense and was selected to five straight Pro Bowls from 1953 through 1957. The Colts won back-to-back championships in 1958 and 1959. He was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968. During his career Donovan played in what many believe was one of the most important games in NFL history the 1958 title game between the Colts and the New York Giants.[3] The contest between the two teams took place on December 28 1958 and ended in a 17-17 tie. Because it was the championship game it went into overtime the first NFL game to do so. Donovan made an important tackle during the overtime stopping the Giants and allowing Johnny Unitas to lead the Colts on an 80 yard scoring drive to win the game. ''The NFL trades first overtime game witnessed by 40 million viewers on nationwide television captured the public imagination and became known as the greatest game ever played.Donovan was one of 12 Hall of Fame players to take part - six of them Colts - but at the time he was not aware of the game's significance'' Post-playing career He published an autobiography Fatso in 1987. He was noted as a jovial and humorous person during his playing career and capitalized on that with television and speaking appearances after retiring as a player. He owned and managed a country club near Baltimore. Donovan also appeared ten times on the Late Show with David Letterman telling humorous stories about his old playing days and about other ''old school'' footballers he played with and against. He relayed a story that he played without a helmet and in fact is shown on football cards without a helmet. Letterman wore Donovan's No. 70 Colts jersey in the famous Super Bowl xLI commercial with Oprah Winfrey and Jay Leno. Donovan also made a guest appearance in the Nickelodeon show The Adventures of Pete & Pete in the episode ''Space Geeks and Johnny Unitas.'' Art also appeared as a guest commentator at the WWF 1994 King of the Ring. He was co-host of the popular 1990s program Braase Donovan Davis and Fans on WJZ-TV in Baltimore with Colt teammate Ordell Braase. The trio talked more about Art Donovan's fabled stories than contemporary NFL football but the show held high ratings in its time period. He was also a pitchman for the Maryland State Lottery and ESPN.