50. Art Donovan, football

He can spin a good yarn, as his 10 appearances on <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB004157" title="David Letterman" href="/topic/entertainment/television/david-letterman-PECLB004157.topic">David Letterman</a>'s <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="GENRE000085" title="Talk Shows (genre)" href="/topic/arts-culture/genres/talk-shows-%28genre%29-GENRE000085.topic">talk show</a> suggest. But the defensive tackle backed words with deeds in 10 years with the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000044" title="Indianapolis Colts" href="/topic/sports/football/indianapolis-colts-ORSPT000044.topic">Colts</a>. Strong, smart and quick for his weight (270 to 300 pounds), Donovan earned All-<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000007" title="National Football League" href="/topic/sports/football/national-football-league-ORSPT000007.topic">NFL</a> honors four times (1954 through 1957), made five Pro Bowls and helped Baltimore to championships in 1958 and 1959. He was the first Colt enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1968).

( Sun file photo / September 17, 1962 )

He can spin a good yarn, as his 10 appearances on David Letterman's talk show suggest. But the defensive tackle backed words with deeds in 10 years with the Colts. Strong, smart and quick for his weight (270 to 300 pounds), Donovan earned All-NFL honors four times (1954 through 1957), made five Pro Bowls and helped Baltimore to championships in 1958 and 1959. He was the first Colt enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1968).

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