Art Donovan remembers the first time he was introduced to the Baltimorefootball fans in 1950.
"Nobody knew who I was back then," said the Hall of Fame tackle. 'They sawsome big, fat guy walk on the field and they said, 'Who the hell is this guy?'"
The greeting was quite different last night when Donovan and his former Colts teammates and fellow Hall of Famers Lenny Moore and Johnny Unitas drewthe wild cheers of more than 40,000 fans on becoming the first inductees intothe Baltimore CFLs' "Ring of Honor." Their names were placed on banners thatwill hang over the mezzanine seats in the south end zone.
"Heck, when I first came here, they only had one deck of stands in thisplace," said Donovan, 69. "The stadium was still under construction. But forme, it's been a great, long trip."
Moore, accompanied by two of his children, said, "This is a great honorfor me and my family, and keeping the great football tradition alive inBaltimore. It's just wonderful that people still remember you when you're pastyour 60th birthday."
Unitas, who received the loudest ovation, paid tribute to CFLs owner JimSperos for bringing pro football back to Baltimore.
Orioles Hall of Famer Frank Robinson will be inducted Sept. 10. Speros hassaid he hopes that Orioles Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson and current Oriole Cal Ripken will join the ring as well.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun