Six-time Pro Bowl center Ray Donaldson was honored Saturday evening at a ceremony inducting him into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.
Donaldson, who was a second-round draft pick by the Colts back in 1980, was one of the players who spans both the Baltimore and Indianapolis eras of the franchise. The offensive lineman, who was actually the third pick by the Colts that year behind first-rounders Curtis Dickey (RB) and Derrick Hatchett (DB), easily had the most accomplished career out of a talented group of players that included fourth-round wide receiver Ray Butler.
Donaldson played for the Colts from 1980 through 1992 before being released by the team at age 35. He left the team ranked third in franchise history in games played (184). At the time, only quarterback Johnny Unitas (221) and punter David Lee (188) had seen action in more games as a Colt.
To this day, he is still tied for second-place all-time for years of service with the team. His 13 seasons as a Colt trails only Unitas who spent 17 years with the franchise.
Donaldson was selected by the Colts out of the University of Georgia, where he was an All-Southeastern Conference selection. During his 17-year pro career he also played for the Seahawks ('93-'94) and the Cowboys ('95-'96). He earned a Super Bowl ring when Dallas won the Lombardi Trophy in 1995.