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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.

 

Duron Carter, Nate Montana, sons of former NFL stars getting a shot at pro football

courtesy of Free-Extras.com)

The NFL is giving the sons of Chris Carter and Joe Montana a shot to become stars in the league where their dads starred.

Duron Carter, an undrafted 6-foot-5, 205-pound wide receiver and son of 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Chris Carter, has signed a contract with the Minnesota Vikings.

Chris Carter played 15 years in the NFL as a possession receiver.

Joe Montana’s son, Nate Montana, also a quarterback, has been invited to the San Francisco 49ers upcoming rookie camp. The 23-year-old had a good showing earlier in April at the team’s local pro day.

Joe Montana played 17 years in the NFL.

 

Buffalo Bills, State of New York, Erie County, agree on new stadium lease until at least 2020

Ralph Wilson Stadium home of the Bills (photo by mikerussell via wikipedia commons)

The NFL’s Buffalo Bills have reached an agreement with the State of New York and Erie County on a new lease deal for Ralph Wilson Stadium that will keep the team in the suburb of Orchard Park until at least the year 2020.

The Bills’ current 15-year lease expires on July 31, 2013. Buffalo is located in the United States’ 56th largest TV market and the concerns have been that they might be a target for relocation to Los Angeles or even Toronto.

The $271 million agreement includes $130 million in renovations for the almost 40-year-old stadium which was opened in 1973, has the Bills paying $35 million and New York and Erie County providing the other $95 million.

The lease is for 10 years but the agreement has the Bills staying in Buffalo at least through the first seven years. The team then will have the option of buying out the remaining three years of the lease for $28 million. However, the penalty to leave early is $400 million.

(courtesy of NFLmedia.com & Buffalo Bills)

The owner of the Bills is 94-year-old Ralph Wilson, who is the oldest owner in the NFL and the oldest living former player and Pro Football Hall of Fame member. Rumors are swirling that his health is in decline.

Wilson was born in Columbus, Ohio on October 17, 1918.

Bills agree to 1-year lease extension with county

 

Ralph Wilson Stadium (photo by Evilarry, UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

The Buffalo Bills and  Erie County, New York agreed in principle to a one-year lease extension that allows the NFL team to continue playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium in 2013.

The announcement was made by County executive Mark Pononcarz.

Located in the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park, New York, Ralph Wilson Stadium seats 73,079.

The facility was opened in 1973 at a cost of $22 million. The Bills have been the primary tenants since its opening.

The stadium is named after Pro Football Hall of Famer, founder and owner Ralph Wilson.

 

Info compiled from Buffalo Bills, TV & Radio news

 

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE: NEWS & NOTES

 

(courtesy of NFLmedia.com)

Here’s the latest news, information and milestones from the National Football League.

 

***When Kansas City defeated Green Bay, 19-14, handing the Packers their first loss of the season, dropping them to 13-1. It was Romeo Crennel’s first game as the Chiefs’ head coach. That ended Green Bay’s 15-game regular-season winning streak, the longest streak ended by a head coach in his NFL debut for a team.

The previous mark was held by Pro Football Hall of Famer Paul Brown, whose Browns defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, winners of their past eight games in 1949, in Cleveland’s first game as an NFL team on September 16, 1950.

 

***The Detroit Lions drove 98 yards in the final minutes of their game in Week 15 at Oakland and scored a touchdown with 39 seconds remaining to top off the comeback win. Detroit QB Matthew Stafford passed for 391 yards and four touchdowns and wide receiver Calvin Johnson caught nine balls for 214 yards and two touchdowns. The two hooked up on the game-winning TD from six yards out.

Stafford at 23 years, 10 months old has passed for 4,145 yards and a team-record 33 touchdowns and is the second youngest QB in NFL history with at least 4,000 passing yards and 30 TD passes in a season behind Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino from 1984.

***San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers has surpassed 4,000 yards (4,015) for the fourth straight season. He joins Peyton Manning and Drew Brees as the only QB’s in NFL history to pass for 4,000+ yards in at least four consecutive seasons.

***Philadelphia Eagles RB Le Sean Mc Coy leads the NFL with 20 TD’s, 17 rushing, 3 receiving and passed Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren who had 18 in 1945 for the most in a season in franchise history. That was the longest-standing single-season club TD mark in the NFL. The current record now belongs to John David Crow of the Cardinals in 1962. He scored three TD’s against the New York Jets in Week 15.

***In the Cowboys Week 15 win over Tampa Bay, 31-15, QB Tony Romo became the first quarterback in team history to throw three touchdowns and run for another in the first half of a game. Romo, who made his 75th career start, passed for 249 yards and his 20,283 passing yards are the the third-most for any player in NFL history through his first 75 starts, joining Hall of Famer Dan Marino, 20,492 and Kurt Warner 20,305.

***The Saints defeated Minnesota in Week 15, 42-20. In the contest Drew Brees became the first player in NFL history to complete 80+ percent of his passes (32 of 40, 80 percent) and throw for at least 400 yards (412) and five touchdowns with no interceptions in a game. It marked his 11th 300-yard passing game of 2011, the most in a single season all-time. Brees has 4,780 yards, joining Peyton Manning as the only QB’s to pass for at least 4,500 yards in three different seasons and needs 305 yards to set the single-season passing record set by Pro Football Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino’s 5,084.

 

Info compiled from NFL game notes and NFLmedia.com news

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