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Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Donovan dies at 89

Art Donovan (photo by Marylandstater via wikipedia commons)

Art Donovan, a fan favorite in the good old days of the National Football League, has passed away at age 89.

Donovan died August 4, 2013 at Stella Maris Hospice in Baltimore from a respiratory disease.

Donovan was a feisty defensive lineman who use to tell hilarious stories about his football career which fans really enjoyed and kept him popular years after his retirement.

Donovan was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968.

A native of Bronx, New York, Donovan helped the Baltimore Colts win the NFL championship in 1958 and 1959.

His career lasted from 1950 to 1961 having also played for the New York Yanks and the Dallas Texans.

Donovan served in the United States Military, Marine Corps in World War II.

 

Irsay Family celebrating 40th anniversary of ownwership of Colts

 

Jim Irsay (courtesy of SMU athletics)

The 2011 National Football League season marks the 40th anniversary of the Irsay family owning the Colts franchise.

In July, 1972, the Baltimore Colts came under new ownership as Robert Irsay acquired the team from Carroll Rosenbloom in exchange for the Los Angeles Rams.

The Irsays moved the franchise from Baltimore to Indianapolis in 1983.

In 1997, Jim Irsay became the team’s Owner & CEO.

Jim’s father Robert, was a Chicago businessman.

Since the Irsay family acquired the Colts, the team has won 297 games while appearing in the playoffs 17 times, two Super Bowls and one Super Bowl win in XLI in 2006 against Chicago.

Info courtesy of the Indianapolis Colts

Former NFL star/actor Bubba Smith dead at 66

Bubba Smith in 2009 (photo by J Feldman via wikipedia commons)

Former NFL star Bubba Smith, who was one-of the-most feared defensive ends on the field to being a very successful actor off the field, died on Wednesday, he was 66.

The Los Angeles County coroner and a police spokesman said that Smith was found dead at his Baldwin Hills home. Nothing about his death is suspicious. There is no known cause of his death at this time.

The number one overall pick in the 1967 draft after a phenomenal career at Michigan State, Smith, who was 6’7, 265-pounds, spent five years with the Baltimore Colts and he played two seasons each with Oakland and Houston. He was a Super Bowl champion with the Colts in 1971.

In 1969, Smith played for the Colts against the New York Jets in the Super Bowl. Led by Joe Namath, the Jets of the American Football League upset the NFL champion Colts 16-7 in Miami.

Smith was one of the best pass rushers in the NFL, often drawing a double-team by offensive lineman, he was elected to two Pro Bowls and one All-Pro team. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988.

Born Charles Aaron Smith, Bubba played high school football for his father, Willie Ray Smith, in Beaumont, Texas, before playing for the Michigan State Spartans, where he was an All-American in 1966.

For the Spartans, he played for some of the school’s best teams under legendary coach Duffy Daugherty. His number 95 jersey was retired in 2006.

In 1965 and 1966, he helped the East Lansing college go 19-1-1 and win consecutive Big Ten titles.

During the 1966 season, Smith was a member of the Spartans when they played Notre Dame, both undefeated, played to a 10-10 tie. The Spartans finished second behind the then #1 Fighting Irish that season.

Smith played in several television series, “Good Times,” “Charlie’s Angels,” and “Half Nelson.” He also is best-known for being a regular in the Miller Lite commercials which featured for the first time, retired football players. Also, his most memorable role was playing Moses Hightower, the police officer in the “Police Academy” series.

 

compiled from staff, NFL, Radio & TV news

 

 

 

Forrest Blue, former 49ers center dead at 65

 

(Football by gloryman, clipart from Clker.com)

Forrest Blue, a 6’6, 261-pound goliath of a center, who helped the San Francisco 49ers win three straight division titles in the early in 1970′s, has died at age 65.

No cause of death was given, but the 49ers organization announced his death on Tuesday saying that Blue died in a Carmichael, California assisted living facility.

Blue was drafted in the first round of the 1967 NFL draft out of Auburn University, 15th overall.

An all-around athlete, he played on the football and baseball team in high school in Texas and at Auburn.

A four-time pro bowl player, Blue did not miss a game with San Francisco from 1969-1974. He finished his career playing four years with the Baltimore Colts.

After his career, he founded Forrest Blue Properties, Inc. a development company in California.

 

clipart courtesy of Clker.com

 

compiled from NFL, Radio & TV news

Hall of Fame RB Perry dies at 84

 

Joe Perry (file photo)

Hall of Fame running back Joe Perry, who became the first player with back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons, has died at age 84.

Perry was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, in 1969 after playing 16-years in the National Football League, 14 with the San Francisco 49ers and two with the Baltimore Colts.

Perry is the 49ers career leader in rushing yards with 7,344 and touchdowns rushing with 50.

The famous running back who wore #34, was undrafted out of Compton Community College.

 

compiled from staff, San Francisco 49ers, NFL, Radio & TV news

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