Kevin Donnalley began his career as a 7th round draft choice (171st overall) of the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1981 NFL Draft. He was released and signed a contract with the New England Patriots where he played one game in 1981. Donnalley inked a deal with the USFL Philadelphia Stars in 1983 and suited up in 17 games for the team in their inaugural season. He agreed to terms with the Washington Federals shortly after the start of the 1984 season and was credited with 5 tackles in 8 games during the team's final campaign. In total, Donnalley saw action in 26 games as a pro. After his playing days, Donnalley spent time as an assistant coach in the NCAA with his alma mater North Dakota State, Montana State and as the head coach of the Fort Lewis program.
Donnalley wore this Russell Athletic size 42 heavy mesh jersey with the Federals for home games in 1984. It displays light wear with a few hit marks. The corner of the final letter in the name has separated from the nameplate. The Federals used two sets of jerseys in 1984, a heavy mesh set and a porthole mesh set. The team also added a new sleeve striping scheme in 1984 that featured a star.