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Mark Donahue in October 2010 at the "M" Club room

Mark Joseph Donahue (born January 28, 1956) is a former All-American football offensive guard who played with the University of Michigan Wolverines and the Cincinnati Bengals.

A native of Oak Lawn, Illinois, Donahue attended Brother Rice High School in the Chicago Catholic League, graduating in 1974.[1]

Donahue accepted a football scholarship to the University of Michigan and played college football for the Michigan Wolverines football team from 1975 to 1977. He was a two-time consensus All-American lineman, earning the honor in 1976 and 1977. He was the 13th player in Michigan football history to be twice honored as a consensus All-American and was rated by Bo Schembechler as "one of his all-time best linemen."[1][2]

Donahue was a starter on the 1975 and 1976 offensive lines that produced both of the games in which Michigan had three rushers accumulate 100 yards.[3][4][5]

In May 2011, Donahue was inducted into the Chicago Catholic League Hall of Fame.[1]

In September 2012, Donahue was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. [6]

Donahue was selected in the 11th round of the 1978 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He played offensive guard for the Bengals in 1978 and 1979.[1][7] Donahue later recalled: "It was fun playing a couple of years with the Bengals. It was a great experience lining up against legends like Randy White of the Dallas Cowboys and Joe Greene and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The first time you're in a stance against them, you're almost too excited to hit them. You get over that real quick when you realize there is no hesitancy at all on their part on hitting you hard."[1]


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