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Art Donovan, the Hall of Fame defensive lineman who spent much of his 12-year career with the Baltimore Colts, has died. He was 89. Donovan died Sunday Aug. 4, 2013 at 7:20 p.m. at Stella Maris Hospice in Baltimore, according to Kevin Byrne, senior vice president of the Baltimore Ravens.
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Art Donovan, the Hall of Fame defensive lineman who spent much of his 12-year career with the Baltimore Colts, has died. He was 89. Donovan died Sunday Aug. 4, 2013 at 7:20 p.m. at Stella Maris Hospice in Baltimore, according to Kevin Byrne, senior vice president of the Baltimore Ravens.

Former NFL Hall of Famer Art Donovan has died at 89. Donovan spent most of this 12-year career as a defensive line for the Baltimore Colts. But it was his ability to tell a story that made him a legend.

Most of those yarns centered on what happened off the field back when NFL players didn't spend all their time watching film or working out. Donovan's biography, titled "Fatso," his nickname during his playing days, came out in 1987.

Shortly after its release, he appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

"One time I broke my leg," he says. "And the coach tells me two weeks later 'You gotta play.' And I said, 'How am I gonna play? I can't walk, how am I gonna play?' And he says 'Every time they snap the ball, fall down. Maybe someone will trip over you.'"

Donovan was a key player on Colt teams that won NFL championships in 1958 and 1959.

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