Hollie Donan

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Holland R. "Hollie" Donan
Date of birth (1928-06-24)June 24, 1928
Place of birth Montclair, New Jersey, United States
Date of death March 4, 2014(2014-03-04) (aged 85)
Place of death Toms River, New Jersey[1]
Career information
Position(s) Defensive tackle
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 230 lb (100 kg)
College Princeton University

Holland "Hollie" Donan (June 24, 1928-March 4, 2014) was an American football defensive tackle. He played college football for Princeton University, where he was a member of the class of '51. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1984.[2]

Holland Donan was called the best tackle he ever coached by Princeton coach Charlie Caldwell. According to Caldwell, Donan's size, tremendous speed and uncanny ability to foresee enemy moves were what made him stand out among the nation's football athletes. Head line coach Dick Colman praised him for giving his teammates pep talks and boosting morale. In 1950, Donan led the Tigers to the Lambert Trophy and their first perfect record in 15 seasons. The 6-5, 230- pound bruiser helped arouse his team to a second half come- from-behind win that wiped out a 14-7 Navy lead. Princeton won, 20-14. Donan missed only two minutes on defense that season, and was named Lineman-of- the-Year as well as New Jersey's outstanding athlete.

Donan graduated from Princeton in the spring of 1951 with a degree in history, married the same year and entered the U.S. Army where he served in the Transportation Corps. When his military service obligation was over he entered the life insurance business, eventually opening two offices in New York City.[3]


  1. ^ http://www.obrienfuneralhome.com/book-of-memories/1817474/Donan-Holland/obituary.php?Printable=true
  2. ^ Keeley, Robert V (ed) (2001). A Half Century Later; Princeton University Class of 1951. Princeton, NJ: Class of 1951, Princeton University. pp. 236–237. 
  3. ^ Brown, Bud, , et al (eds) (1961). 1951 Ten-Year Book. Caldwell, NJ: Progress Publishing Company. pp. 90–91.