Doug Donley

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Doug Donley
No. 83
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1959-02-06) February 6, 1959 (age 58)
Place of birth: Cambridge, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school: Cambridge (OH)
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 1981 / Round: 2 / Pick: 53
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 43
Receptions: 55
Receiving yards: 898
Touchdowns: 4
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Douglas Max Donley (born February 6, 1959) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears. He played college football at Ohio State University and was selected in the second round of the 1981 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Donley attended Cambridge High School (Class of 1977), where he was a three-sport standout in football, track and basketball, earning the nickname 'White Lightning' for his blazing speed.

On the gridiron, Donley was a three-year letterman at running back for the Bobcats, finishing with a career total of 2,572 rushing yards. He also had 226 yards receiving and 1,028 yards in kick returns for a career all-purpose yardage total of 3,826 yards to go with 31 touchdowns. He dislocated his right shoulder multiple times and had it operated as a junior.

In track, Donley won the OVAC Class 4-A championship in the long jump as a junior (1976) with a leap of 21 ft. 2.5 in. and was a double-winner at the conference meet as a senior (1977) - winning the long jump (21-10.75 and the 220-yard dash (22.4 seconds), helping the Bobcats to the OVAC team title. He earned All-Eastern District honors in the 100-yard dash and was recognized as a high school All-American in track.

In basketball, Donley was hampered by his shoulder injury as a senior, but still managed to score 10 points per contest and had a school-record 17-assist game.[1]

His jersey was retired by his high school, he was inducted into the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame and the Cambridge High School Hall of Fame.

College career[edit]

Widely recruited for football, he accepted a scholarship to Ohio State University, where as the fastest player on the team, he was moved to wide receiver, with the intention of reducing the additional damage he could receive on his problematic shoulder.

He became a starter as a sophomore and posted 24 receptions for 510 yards and 3 touchdowns. The next year he had 37 receptions for 800 yards and 5 touchdowns. As a senior, he registered 43 receptions for 887 yards and 7 touchdowns.

In 1980, he played in his fourth bowl game and was named All-Big Ten and honorable-mention All-American. He was the team's leading wide receiver from 1978 to 1980 and stands among the school's all-time leaders in career yards per reception (21.2, second); receiving yards (2,252, fourth); touchdowns (16, fifth); and receptions (106, tied for ninth).

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

The Dallas Cowboys liked his athletic potential and ignored his previous chronic shoulder injury, selecting him in the second round (53th overall) of the 1981 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he was the second fastest player on the team behind Tony Dorsett.[2]

In 1984 with the retirement of Drew Pearson, he started 9 games over new addition Mike Renfro,[3] but was limited by shoulder and hamstring injuries. That year, he also participated in the Pro Football 60-yard dash at the Dallas Times Herald Invitational Track Meet, where he placed fourth with a time of 6.33 seconds.[4]

Donley had a short career because of injuries and was forced into early retirement,[5] after the Cowboys waived him injured in April 1985. In his career, he had 55 receptions for 898 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Chicago Bears[edit]

After originally announcing his retirement the previous year,[6] in 1986 he was signed as a free agent by the Chicago Bears,[7] reuniting with head coach and former Cowboys assistant coach Mike Ditka.

He was looked upon to replace the injured Dennis McKinnon,[8] but Donley ended up being placed on the injured reserve list on September 6, after breaking a bone in his hand.[9] He wasn't re-signed at the end of the season.

Personal life[edit]

Donley is owner and president of Advantage Hole in One in Dallas, Texas. He also has 2 sons: Jake and Drew Donley.


  1. ^ "Donley honored". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Dew Pearson probably won't play for the Cowboys this year". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  3. ^ "SPORTS PEOPLE; Cowboy Promoted". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Gault Wins 60-Yard Dash". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Ex-Cowboy Announces Retirement". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  6. ^ "SPORTS PEOPLE; Ex-Packer Returns". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  8. ^ "2 Free Agents Battle To Catch On Again". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Several National Football League roster changes were made...". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 

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