Here's what others are saying about the death of former Baltimore Colts defensive lineman Art Donovan:

* Clark Judge of CBSSports.com talked about Donovan's value to football.


But he was much more than a damned good football player. He was one helluva guy. He was kind. He was friendly. And he was a riot. Donovan was to story telling what Jim Brown was to running backs. Nobody told one better. He had a laugh the size of Memorial Stadium and a kind and generous heart -- always willing to help out when and where he could.

* Pro Football Talk's Michael David Smith had a simple sentiment about Donovan that was echoed by many other media outlets.

They don't make 'em like Art Donovan anymore. His presence in the football world will be missed.

* NFL.com shared reaction to Donovan's death from a few people, including former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Carl Eller.

"It's a great loss to the league. He was part of those teams with (Johnny) Unitas and Lenny Moore. And our careers just about crossed each other," Eller said. "Just was a great player was a hard worker. Was the kind of a guy I think his teammates got to know him personally and his antics and all of the stuff before the rest of the world did. The rest of the world learned that he really was a fun guy to be around, but he was a great tackle, a great player."

After retiring, Donovan became a fixture on late-night talk shows, delighting hosts like Johnny Carson and David Letterman with his self-effacing and easygoing manner.

Donovan's popularity led to his memorably miscast appearance alongside Gorilla Monsoon and Randy "Macho Man" Savage on a WWE show.

Baltimore is now without one of its best and someone who was a foundation for the tremendous popularity of football in our area. The world is not as bright tonight because we lost someone who could make us all smile.

RIP Art Donovan - truly a great player and a great man...a legend and someone to really look up to. Sometimes it seems like they just don't make 'em like that anymore.

* On his Twitter account, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay discussed Donovan's contributions to football.

Art Donovan..RIP..what a colorful,big-hearted man n Baller! Tremendous contributor to early building of the greatest league n all of sports


* Pro Football Hall of Fame president and executive director Steve Perry spoke highly of Donovan.

"The Pro Football Hall of Fame is saddened to learn of the passing of Baltimore Colts great Art Donovan," commented Pro Football Hall of Fame President/Executive Director Steve Perry. "Art was a true legend of professional football and he will be deeply missed."

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