Ray Donaldson
Date of birth: (1958-05-18) May 18, 1958 (age 62)
Place of birth: Rome, Georgia, U.S.
Career information
Position(s): Center
College: Georgia
NFL Draft: 1980 / Round: 2 / Pick: 32
 As player:
Baltimore Colts
Indianapolis Colts
Seattle Seahawks
Dallas Cowboys
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls: 1986, 1987, 1988
1989, 1995, 1996
Honors: Super Bowl champion (XXX)

First African-American Center in the NFL

Playing stats at

Raymond Canute Donaldson (born May 18, 1958 in Rome, Georgia) is a former American football Center who played 17 seasons in the National Football League. He was selected to six Pro Bowls (four of them in his stay with the Colts) and then he played in Super Bowl XXX as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. Donaldson played college football at the University of Georgia.

Early yearsEdit

Donaldson center and guard at Georgia University, and was an All-Southeastern Conference selection his senior year.

In 2006 he was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

Professional careerEdit

Baltimore ColtsEdit

Donaldson, was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in the 2nd round of the 1980 NFL Draft. He played with the Colts for 13 years and made the Pro Bowl 4 straight seasons from 1986 to 1989.

He was released at the end of the 1992 season at age 35. He left the team ranked third in franchise history in games played (184). To this day, he is still tied for second-place all-time for years of service with the team, trailing only Johnny Unitas who spent 17 years with the franchise.

Seattle SeahawksEdit

He signed with the Seattle Seahawks and played there from 1993 to 1994.

Dallas CowboysEdit

Needing help at center after Mark Stepnoski signed with the Houston Oilers, the Dallas Cowboys signed Donaldson as an unrestricted free agent in 1995. That season he helped the team win Super Bowl XXX.

He was part of a great offensive line that included: Larry Allen, Nate Newton, Mark Tuinei and Erik Williams.

Donaldson retired at the end of the 1996 season, after playing for 17 years and 244 games. During his time with the Cowboys, he experienced a career renaissance, making the Pro Bowl both seasons.

Personal lifeEdit

He currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana where he is a high school football coach.

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