|Born:||September 4, 1942|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|AFL draft||1965 / Round: 4 / Pick: 25|
|Drafted by||Denver Broncos|
|NFL draft||1966 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13|
|Drafted by||San Francisco 49ers|
|1965–1967||San Francisco 49ers|
George Donnelly is a former professional American football player who played defensive back for three seasons for the San Francisco 49ers. At the University of Illinois, Donnelly and Dick Butkus were co-captains for the 1963 season, and Donnelly tied the NCAA record of 8 interceptions in one season.
Illinois played in the 50th Rose Bowl Game on January 1, 1964, against the Washington Huskies. Donnelly had two interceptions in this game, both setting up Illini touchdowns. The first came in the third quarter, allowing Illinois to score their first touchdown of the game. Then in the fourth quarter, with Illinois up by a score of 10-7, Washington was driving downfield, trying to score a go-ahead and possible game-winning touchdown, but Donnelly intercepted the ball on the 4-yard line and ran it back to the 15. This game-saving interception allowed Illinois to capitalize on that momentum and move the ball 85 yards, scoring their second touchdown of the game to put Illinois ahead 17-7.
Donnelly spent his years at the University of Illinois living in the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity House with 6 of his teammates; Doug Mills, David Cade, Robert Cravens, David Mueller, Bill Sullivan, and David Crouse.