Jim Irsay has been affiliated with the Colts since age 13.
Inquisitive youthful years spent around the team have produced an owner and CEO with a deep appreciation for the franchise and for the many men who helped shape and grow the NFL into the nation’s most popular sport.
Art Donovan was one such person, a Hall-of-Famer, and Irsay remembers one of the franchise’s most revered individuals.
“On a weekend when the NFL welcomed more players into the Hall of Fame, we lost one of its most significant enshrinees, Art Donovan,” said Irsay. “Art was the first Colts player to be inducted into the Hall, and his roots date back to the very start of the franchise.
“Art was a battle-tested veteran who stood among the giants in helping lead the Colts to their first two world championships. While many later knew Art as a colorful ambassador to the sport because of his personality, those who played alongside and against him attest to his grit and greatness.
“Art is a beloved figure to many and is the only player to wear number 70 in Colts history. His number is retired among Colts greats.
“Art truly is an unforgettable figure in our sport, and we extend our sympathies to his family.”
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