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Arthur Donovan, Jr. (born June 5, 1925 in the Bronx, New York) is a former American football defensive tackle. He is the son of Arthur Donovan , a famed boxing referee, and the grandson of Professor Mike Donovan , the world middleweight boxing champion in the 1870's.
He started playing professional football with the Baltimore Colts in 1950, but that edition of the franchise folded. He moved to become the New York Yanks in 1951; they became the Dallas Texans in 1952 and finally the Baltimore Colts in 1953. He became one of the stars in an outstanding defense and was selected to five straight Pro Bowls for 1954 to 1958. The Colts won back to back championships in 1958 and 1959.
He was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968. He published an autobiography, "Fatso", in 1987. He was noted as a jovial and humorous person during his playing career and capitalized on that with television and speaking appearances after retiring as a player. He owns and manages a country club near Baltimore.
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