M/cloudy
51°
M/cloudy
Hi 63° | Lo 44°

Baltimore’s Donovan Dies at 89

  • File- This Jan. 14, 1959 file photo shows Art Donovan, defensive tackle for the Baltimore Colts.  Donovan, the Hall of Fame defensive lineman who spent much of his 12-year career with the Baltimore Colts, has dead. 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. Back in the day when NFL players made little money, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Donovan played for the love of the game and the thrill of winning. He helped the Colts win championships in 1958 and 1959. (AP Photo/File)

    File- This Jan. 14, 1959 file photo shows Art Donovan, defensive tackle for the Baltimore Colts. Donovan, the Hall of Fame defensive lineman who spent much of his 12-year career with the Baltimore Colts, has dead. 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. Back in the day when NFL players made little money, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Donovan played for the love of the game and the thrill of winning. He helped the Colts win championships in 1958 and 1959. (AP Photo/File)

  • File- This Jan. 14, 1959 file photo shows Art Donovan, defensive tackle for the Baltimore Colts.  Donovan, the Hall of Fame defensive lineman who spent much of his 12-year career with the Baltimore Colts, has dead. 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. Back in the day when NFL players made little money, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Donovan played for the love of the game and the thrill of winning. He helped the Colts win championships in 1958 and 1959. (AP Photo/File)

    File- This Jan. 14, 1959 file photo shows Art Donovan, defensive tackle for the Baltimore Colts. Donovan, the Hall of Fame defensive lineman who spent much of his 12-year career with the Baltimore Colts, has dead. 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. Back in the day when NFL players made little money, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Donovan played for the love of the game and the thrill of winning. He helped the Colts win championships in 1958 and 1959. (AP Photo/File)

  • File- This Dec. 28, 2008 file photo shows Hall of Fame member and former Baltimore Colts player Art Donovan smiling during a half time ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Colts and New York Giants World Championship Game, during halftime of  a football game in Baltimore. 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. Back in the day when NFL players made little money, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Donovan played for the love of the game and the thrill of winning. He helped the Colts win championships in 1958 and 1959. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)

    File- This Dec. 28, 2008 file photo shows Hall of Fame member and former Baltimore Colts player Art Donovan smiling during a half time ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Colts and New York Giants World Championship Game, during halftime of a football game in Baltimore. 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. Back in the day when NFL players made little money, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Donovan played for the love of the game and the thrill of winning. He helped the Colts win championships in 1958 and 1959. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)

  • File- This Dec. 28, 2008 file photo shows Hall of Fame member and former Baltimore Colts player Art Donovan smiling during a half time ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Colts and New York Giants World Championship Game, during halftime of  a football game in Baltimore. 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. Back in the day when NFL players made little money, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Donovan played for the love of the game and the thrill of winning. He helped the Colts win championships in 1958 and 1959. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)

    File- This Dec. 28, 2008 file photo shows Hall of Fame member and former Baltimore Colts player Art Donovan smiling during a half time ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Colts and New York Giants World Championship Game, during halftime of a football game in Baltimore. 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. Back in the day when NFL players made little money, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Donovan played for the love of the game and the thrill of winning. He helped the Colts win championships in 1958 and 1959. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)

  • File- This Dec. 28, 2008 file photo shows Hall of Fame member and former Baltimore Colts player Art Donovan smiling during a half time ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Colts and New York Giants World Championship Game, during halftime of  a football game in Baltimore. 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. Back in the day when NFL players made little money, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Donovan played for the love of the game and the thrill of winning. He helped the Colts win championships in 1958 and 1959. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)

    File- This Dec. 28, 2008 file photo shows Hall of Fame member and former Baltimore Colts player Art Donovan smiling during a half time ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Colts and New York Giants World Championship Game, during halftime of a football game in Baltimore. 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. Back in the day when NFL players made little money, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Donovan played for the love of the game and the thrill of winning. He helped the Colts win championships in 1958 and 1959. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)

  • File- This Jan. 14, 1959 file photo shows Art Donovan, defensive tackle for the Baltimore Colts.  Donovan, the Hall of Fame defensive lineman who spent much of his 12-year career with the Baltimore Colts, has dead. 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. Back in the day when NFL players made little money, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Donovan played for the love of the game and the thrill of winning. He helped the Colts win championships in 1958 and 1959. (AP Photo/File)
  • File- This Jan. 14, 1959 file photo shows Art Donovan, defensive tackle for the Baltimore Colts.  Donovan, the Hall of Fame defensive lineman who spent much of his 12-year career with the Baltimore Colts, has dead. 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. Back in the day when NFL players made little money, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Donovan played for the love of the game and the thrill of winning. He helped the Colts win championships in 1958 and 1959. (AP Photo/File)
  • File- This Dec. 28, 2008 file photo shows Hall of Fame member and former Baltimore Colts player Art Donovan smiling during a half time ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Colts and New York Giants World Championship Game, during halftime of  a football game in Baltimore. 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. Back in the day when NFL players made little money, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Donovan played for the love of the game and the thrill of winning. He helped the Colts win championships in 1958 and 1959. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)
  • File- This Dec. 28, 2008 file photo shows Hall of Fame member and former Baltimore Colts player Art Donovan smiling during a half time ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Colts and New York Giants World Championship Game, during halftime of  a football game in Baltimore. 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. Back in the day when NFL players made little money, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Donovan played for the love of the game and the thrill of winning. He helped the Colts win championships in 1958 and 1959. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)
  • File- This Dec. 28, 2008 file photo shows Hall of Fame member and former Baltimore Colts player Art Donovan smiling during a half time ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Colts and New York Giants World Championship Game, during halftime of  a football game in Baltimore. 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. Back in the day when NFL players made little money, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Donovan played for the love of the game and the thrill of winning. He helped the Colts win championships in 1958 and 1959. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)

Baltimore — Art Donovan, the lineman whose hilarious stories about his football career enabled him to maintain his popularity long after his election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died Sunday night. He was 89.

Donovan died at 7:20 p.m. at Stella Maris Hospice in Baltimore, according to Kevin Byrne, senior vice president of public and community relations for the Baltimore Ravens.

Donovan made a name for himself as a feisty defensive tackle for the Baltimore Colts, helping the team to world championships in 1958 and 1959. He also spent single seasons with the New York Yanks and Dallas Texans in a career that lasted from 1950 through 1961.

Voted into the Hall of Fame in 1968, Donovan was an outstanding lineman and an even better storyteller. Long after his career was over, Donovan made a living on the talk-show circuit, weaving yarns about the NFL’s good old days — as he put it, “When men were, well, men.”

Donovan was much like Bob Uecker, who also became popular on late-night talk shows through his stories about sports. But Uecker’s game was baseball, and his schtick dealt with his limited abilities. Donovan performed on the football field as well as anyone at his position, even though he once said the only weight he ever lifted was a beer can.

“Some of the greatest football ever played by a defensive tackle was played by Art Donovan,” said Hall of Fame center Jim Ringo, who died in 2007. “He was one of the greatest people I played against all my life.”

Donovan played in the 1958 championship game between the Colts and New York Giants, a contest that was decided in overtime and ultimately tabbed by some football historians as “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” The winner’s share was $4,700; the most Donovan ever earned in one season was $22,000.

But Donovan got a million dollars’ worth of memories and more than enough material for storytelling. Once, he filled a hotel shower stall with water and went for a dip. Things went swimmingly until the shower door burst open, flooding his room and the one below it.

Sunday Night’s Game

Cowboys 24, Dolphins 20

Canton, Ohio — Rookie Devonte Holloman’s 75-yard interception return with a tipped pass keyed the Dallas Cowboys’ 24-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins in the Hall of Fame game Sunday night that opened the NFL’s preseason.

The sixth-round pick from South Carolina was perfectly situated when rookie Chad Bumphis had Matt Moore’s pass go off his hands in the second quarter. It was the biggest play for a Dallas defense switching to a 4-3 alignment under new coordinator Monte Kiffin.

But the Cowboys controlled most of the game one night after their former offensive lineman, Larry Allen, and former coach, Bill Parcells, were inducted into the hall.

Quarterback Tony Romo, coming off back surgery to remove a cyst, sat out for Dallas. So the Cowboys turned to their ground game — and ground down Miami as few regulars got onto the field.

NFL Bag Policy Working

Canton, Ohio — The NFL’s new policy banning bags that are not clear and that are much larger than a gallon ziploc bag seems to have worked well Sunday at the Hall of Fame game.

There were no lines at the secondary perimeter checkpoints as security members ensured fans did not enter Fawcett Stadium with banned items such as backpacks, diaper bags, coolers, briefcases, fanny packs, seat cushions, computer bags and camera bags.

The only bags that can be taken into game venues are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC that don’t exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches, including one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags.

In general, fans approved of the new procedures and said they were aware of the new rules. But a few women were upset they could not bring their purses into the stadium.

“I had to hide my purse under a concrete barrier (outside the gates),” said Brooke Cantu, a Cowboys fan from McAllen, Texas. “I took the contents and put them in a plastic bag, but had to leave the purse. At least it’s not an expensive purse.”

Cantu, who wasn’t aware of the new policy, said other women also argued they should be allowed to bring in their purses.

Those incidents were minimal and there were virtually no delays for people to enter Fawcett Stadium, which has a capacity of only 22,364, about one-third the size of most NFL venues. How the policy will work at the larger stadiums is uncertain; a full slate of exhibition games begins Thursday night.

NFL teams sent reminders of the new policy with season ticket renewals and also used the media to spread the word. Signs will be in stadium parking lots in the preseason and regular season, and the NFL hopes each team will be able to hand out fliers about the limitations.