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By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2013
As the crowd filed into the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen to attend Art Donovan's funeral mass one man lingered on the church steps, a Baltimore Colts jersey on his back and his little dog, Max, at his side. “I live nearby and came to pay my respects,” said George Faber, 42. “Not many folks had the magnetism Artie had; I can count them on one hand. He just made you want to be around him, even when he's gone.” Nearly 800 people, including a number of his football teammates, gathered Friday to pay homage to Donovan, the Colts' Hall of Fame defensive tackle and raconteur who died Sunday, at 89, of a respiratory ailment.
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August 5, 2013
The Ravens released a statement Sunday night from owner Steve Bisciotti on the death of former Baltimore Colts defensive lineman Art Donovan. “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. “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.”
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The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2013
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.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2013
The flags at the Under Armour Performance Center were at half mast Monday in mourning of former Baltimore Colts defensive tackle Art Donovan, who died Sunday at 89 of a respiratory ailment at Stella Maris Hospice. Harbaugh had planned to get together with the Pro Football Hall of Famer in June, but Donovan cancelled because he wasn't feeling well. Harbaugh then talked about having Donovan over to the team facility at some point during training camp. “We were planning on [getting together]
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Dan Rodricks | August 5, 2013
The first time I met Artie Donovan, I got all of it - a big serving of his affable nature, his way of taking genuine interest in a complete stranger, a dose of his amazing memory and his way of connecting life experiences with the food and drink that accompanied them. This was 25 years ago. I was supposed to interview Hall of Famer Donovan, but he started off with questions for me instead. He recognized my New England accent. "Where are you from?" he asked. When I told him my native state was Massachusetts, he wanted to know what town.
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By Seth Boster, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2013
Brandon Copeland knows he can't be his grandfather. If the 2009 Gilman graduate is to claim a spot as an undrafted rookie free agent on the Ravens' final 53-man roster at the end of the preseason, it can't be in the way Roy Hilton joined the Baltimore Colts as a defensive end in 1965. At least, not exactly. "Now I'm at a totally different position," Copeland said recently after practice at the Under Armour Performance Center, where the former Penn defensive end is trying out as a middle linebacker.
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By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2013
Art Donovan played pro football for 12 years. The rest of his life, he spent telling everyone about it. Donovan, 89, who died Sunday of a respiratory ailment at Stella Maris Hospice, played and talked a great game. He was a Hall of Fame defensive tackle for the Baltimore Colts and an engaging raconteur at banquets and on TV talk shows. His cherublike face, adenoidal voice and side-splitting tales of yore captivated generations of viewers who never saw Donovan collar a quarterback or take down a runner.
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Mike Preston | August 4, 2013
There was a message left on the office phone one cold night in 2001, but the caller didn't leave his name. It was just an old raspy voice wanting to say hi. I recognized the voice because I had heard him talk several hundred times, so I called him back to give him my regards. It was Art Donovan. Before I finished my introduction, he cut me off and started another conversation. "I know who you are, kid," said the Baltimore Colts' former Pro Bowl defensive tackle. "I read your stuff.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2013
Ravens fan Robert Radawiec moved to Cleveland a decade ago, but he had never made the 45-minute drive to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That changed this weekend not only for him, but for so many other Ravens fans who descended on this northeastern Ohio city to welcome in one of their own. Left tackle Jonathan Ogden became the first player the Ravens drafted to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. "I've never had a reason to go," said Radawiec, who wore purple camouflaged pants and a Ravens polo shirt.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | May 24, 2013
The Harford Community College ASID Interior Design Student Chapter designed a nursery in the 37th Annual Baltimore Symphony Decorators' Show House that was open to the public for three weeks in May. This year's Show House, a five-bedroom stucco Colonial built in 1932, was once home to Baltimore Colts' quarterback Johnny Unitas, his wife, Sandy, and their young family, and it is where they lived from 1971 to 1988. Caprice Brody, Roxana Carrera, Priscilla Tabeling, Alexa Hubicki and Sarah Garcia were the students who worked on the project.
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