Rick Donnalley, who six days ago was an obscure reserve offensive lineman for the Washington Redskins, has given more interviews this week than he has in his entire four-year professional career. Sunday, when the Redskins meet the New York Giants in the Meadowlands, Donnalley will be very happy to again become unnoticed.
For the first time in over three years, Washington will make a major change on its offensive line. Center Jeff Bostic remains in Sibley Hospital recovering from knee surgery after tearing ligaments in last week's 26-24 loss to St. Louis. Donnalley, who was acquired for a sixth-round draft choice from Pittsburgh in the preseason, will start in his place.
"To me, one of the best compliments an offensive linemen can have is if he gets through the whole game unnoticed," said Donnalley, a 6-foot-2, 257-pound Phi Beta Kappa out of North Carolina. "Sunday, I just hope I never hear my number called over the loudspeaker (indicating penalties)."
Although Ken Huff has spelled various linemen over the past two years, Donnalley was chosen to start in the middle of the line. Left guard Russ Grimm finished the Cardinals game at center, but Coach Joe Gibbs and his line coach, Joe Bugel, want to keep the juggling at a minimum.