By Josh Dhani

Yesterday was a special day for the NFL, as the Pro Football Hall of Fame had its 2013 class officially inducted that included players like Cris Carter, Warren Sapp, Larry Allen and more. We also had an NFL game finally, with a preseason match-up between the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys.

Unfortunately, one person wasn't able to seee that all.

Former Baltimore Colts Hall of Fame defensive end Art Donovan died that day. He was 88 years old. Donovan is regarded as one of the greatest defensive linemen to ever play in the NFL, as he was a five-time Pro Bowler, a two-time champion and a member of the NFL's All-1950s team.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay released a statement regarding Donovan's death.

“On a weekend when the NFL welcomed more players into the Hall of Fame, we lost one of its most significant enshrinees, Art Donovan,” Irsay said, via Pro Football Talk.  “Art was the first Colts player to be inducted into the Hall, and his roots date back to the very start of the franchise.  Art was a battle-tested veteran who stood among the giants in helping lead the Colts to their first two world championships.  While many later knew Art as a colorful ambassador to the sport because of his personality, those who played alongside and against him attest to his grit and greatness.

“Art is a beloved figure to many and is the only player to wear number 70 in Colts history.  His number is retired among Colts greats. Art truly is an unforgettable figure in our sport, and we extend our sympathies to his family.”

Donovan was known to be one of the most fun, joying, hilarious and loveable guys back in the day.


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