Donald R. Colo
Donald R. Colo
Hometown: East Bridgewater, MA
Team: Football

Donald R. Colo '50
Hometown: East Bridgewater, MA
Sport: Football
Year Inducted: 1971

Donald R. Colo '50, a man who had never played football before arriving at Brown, went on to become one of the finest professional defensive linemen of the 1950's. There was no football team at East Bridgewater (Mass.) high, but Colo made up for lost time when he reached college, working long hours under Coach Rip Engle and line coach Gus Zitrides. The latter saw himself a Cellini, with the 6-4, 270-pound Colo his most challenging subject. A competent tackle at Brown, Colo continued to improve with the pros until he became one of the most feared pass rushers of his era. Colo earned the reputation of a "hatchet man," respected if not always appreciated by the opposition. The massive lineman played 10 years in the NFL, the last seven as captain and defensive right tackle for the world champion Cleveland Browns of Coach Paul Brown.