One day after the Ravens celebrated their first draft pick being enshrined in the Hall of Fame, Baltimore lost a football giant Sunday night when Colts great Art Donovan passed away at age 88.
Donovan played 120 of his 138 career games in Baltimore with two different incarnations of the Colts.
The 6-foot-2, 263-pound defensive tackle appeared in five consecutive Pro Bowls from 1953-57, was a first-team All-Pro every year from 1954-57 and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968, his second year of eligibility.
In the same weekend the first Raven reached Canton, the first Colts Hall of Famer passed away.
“We lost a friend, one of the finest men and one of the greatest characters we were fortunate to meet in this community and in this business,” Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said in a statement. “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.”