Art Donovan, the colorful and vociferous former Baltimore Colts defensivelineman and their first Hall of Famer, was hospitalized last night aftersuffering chest pains while dining at a Jacksonville, Baltimore County,restaurant.
Carol Smith, nursing supervisor at St. Joseph Hospital in Towson, saidtoday that Donovan was in stable condition.
Smith declined to give details about Donovan's condition or reveal if hehad suffered a heart attack, though he was being treated in the Coronary CareUnit, where he was said to be "resting comfortably."
"Mr. Donovan is a patient here and is in stable condition," Smith said.
Donovan was attending an invitation-only 50-year anniversary celebrationof Peerce's Plantation, located in the 12400 block of Dulaney Valley Road,last night when he was stricken with chest pains shortly before 8 p.m.
A restaurant employee said about 200 people were having dinner at the timeand that some of the celebrants included doctors. It was not immediately knownif any doctors attended to Donovan before a medical unit from the JacksonvilleVolunteer Fire Co. arrived on the scene and transported him to the hospital.
A duty officer at the volunteer fire company said Donovan was consciousduring the incident.
Donovan arrived at the hospital shortly before 8:30 p.m. and, followingcare in the emergency room, was admitted in stable condition.