Art Donovan is a Pro Football Hall of Famer, but most younger fans have likely never heard of the Colts legend. As the grandson of a former middleweight champion, and son of a renowned boxing referee, Donovan was not prone to gentility. Yet his jovial disposition and self-deprecating humor helped make Donovan even more famous after his career than during it. He was a frequent guest of David Letterman, and in 1987, he authored an autobiography called Fatso.
Today, as he turns 87, Donovan’s stories of “old school” football remain classic football comedy, and this excerpt from the 1994 show This is the NFL: The Greatest Stories, is among the most famous bits he ever delivered for NFL Films.