Doug Donley

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Doug Donley
No. 83
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1959-02-06) February 6, 1959 (age 54)
Place of birth: Cambridge, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)Weight: 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school: Cambridge High School
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 1981 / Round: 2 / Pick: 53
Debuted in 1981 for the Dallas Cowboys
Last played in 1984 for the Dallas Cowboys
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions55
Receiving yards898
Touchdowns4
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com
 
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Doug Donley
No. 83
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1959-02-06) February 6, 1959 (age 54)
Place of birth: Cambridge, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)Weight: 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school: Cambridge High School
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 1981 / Round: 2 / Pick: 53
Debuted in 1981 for the Dallas Cowboys
Last played in 1984 for the Dallas Cowboys
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions55
Receiving yards898
Touchdowns4
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Douglas Max Donley (born February 6, 1959 in Cambridge, Ohio) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys between 1981 and 1984. He played college football at Ohio State University and was drafted in the second round of the 1981 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Donley was a remarkable athlete since his days at Cambridge High School, where he practiced three sports an received wide spread recognition.

In football his teammates nicknamed him "white lightning", because his speed was very difficult to defend at a high school level.[1] He played halfback and was a three-year letterman, registering career totals of 2,572 rushing yards, 226 receiving yards, 1,028 return yards, 3,826 yards career all-purpose yards and 31 touchdowns. He was named All-Ohio Class AAA (1976), Eastern District Class AAA 'Player of the Year' (1976); and All-OVAC Class 4-A (1976). As a senior he dislocated his right shoulder, which was an injury that would affect his future football career.

Donley was a track and field All-American, winning the OVAC Class 4-A championships in the long jump (1976 and 1977), the 220-yard dash (1977) and he helped his school win the OVAC team title (1977). He was named All-Eastern in the 100-yard dash.

In basketball he was a key player for his team and as a senior played basically with one good arm, while recuperating from his shoulder injury.[2]

Donley accepted a scholarship to the Ohio State University, where as the fastest player on the team, he was moved to wide receiver, in order to reduce the impacts he would receive on his problematic shoulder. In 1980 he went to his fourth bowl and was named All-Big Ten and honorable mention All-American. He 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). He was the team's leading wide receiver from 1978 to 1980.

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.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

The Dallas Cowboys liked his athletic potential and ignored his chronic shoulder injury, selecting him in the second round of the 1981 NFL Draft. It was reported that he was the second fastest player on the team behind Tony Dorsett.[3]

In 1984 he had a chance to start 9 games, 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.[4]

Donley had a short career because of injuries and was forced into early retirement,[5] after the Cowboys waived him injured in April, 1986. In his career he had 55 receptions for 898 yards and four touchdowns.

Chicago bears[edit]

In 1986 he tried to come back with the Chicago Bears,[6] but was released before the season started, after breaking a bone in his hand.

Personal life[edit]

Donley is owner and president of Advantage Golf Tournament Services in Addison, Texas.

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