Former Raiders, Bills QB Daryle Lamonica Has Died

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Daryle Lamonica Has Died at 73

If you were a fan of the AFL‚ you have likely heard of Daryle Lamonica‚ who led the Raiders to their first Super Bowl appearance in 1969. On Thursday‚ Lamonica died at his home in Fresno‚ California‚ due to natural causes. Lamonica‚ who was nicknamed The Mad Bomber‚ joined the Raiders in 1967 after being acquired from Buffalo. His impact on the Raiders organization was immediate.

Daryle Lamonica has died

The former NFL quarterback has passed away at the age of 73. He was a Notre Dame graduate who was drafted by the Bills in 1963. In his 12 seasons in the NFL‚ Lamonica had the best winning percentage of any starting quarterback during the Super Bowl era. During his career‚ he threw for 16‚655 yards and 148 touchdowns. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 12th round and signed by the Bills the next year. Born in Fresno‚ Calif.‚ Lamonica became one of the NFL's premier quarterbacks and earned the nickname Mad Bomber because of his affinity for the deep pass. Lamonica led the Raiders to their first Super Bowl appearance in 1967‚ winning the AFL MVP award. He died of natural causes‚ his son said. After playing four seasons with the Bills‚ Lamonica earned the nickname The Mad Bomber. His deep arm and his tight chemistry with receivers Warren Wells and Fred Biletnikoff helped the Raiders to a 13-1 record in 1967. He finished his career with a 14-game winning streak in the AFL and became a first-team All-Pro. He earned five Pro Bowl honors. A Hall of Famer in pro football‚ Lamonica was a prolific passer. He led the AFL with 145 touchdown passes‚ 24 more than second-place passer Fran Tarkenton. In total‚ Lamonica threw for 16‚006 yards‚ making him the league's all-time leading passer. In 1969‚ he was named AFL MVP and led the AFL with 3‚302 yards and 34 touchdowns. His stats still stand as the Raiders single-season record.

He was 80

The late quarterback Daryle Lamonica died at his Fresno‚ California‚ home on Thursday. He was the first great quarterback of the Oakland Raiders dynasty and the key figure in one of the most devastating trades in NFL history - the trade of Daryle to the Buffalo Bills. The two-time All-Pro backed up Jack Kemp in the early 1960s before being traded to the Raiders. He was an All-Pro and holds the Ranchers single-season record with 34 touchdown passes in 1969. Lamonica was known as the 'Mad Bomber' due to his deep passing ability. He led the Raiders to their first Super Bowl appearance in 1967‚ and was the AFL MVP that year. His death was the cause of natural causes‚ according to his son. He was a four-sport star at Clovis High School and played quarterback for Notre Dame. In his last year of life‚ Lamonica suffered a stroke. The former Raiders quarterback spent four seasons in the NFL as a backup before being traded to the Raiders in 1967. The Raiders won the AFC championship in his first season as a starter‚ but Lamonica was knocked out of the game in the second-round by the Colts' Bubba Smith. In his final season with the Raiders‚ Lamonica was a starter for three years before losing his starting job to Kenny Stabler. After retiring from the NFL‚ Lamonica joined the newly formed World Football League's California Sun and became a star. Born in Fresno‚ Calif.‚ Lamonica played football at Notre Dame from 1960 to 1962. He was named the team's all-state quarterback and later played for the Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders. He played his college career at Notre Dame under Coach Joe Kuharich‚ who had an eye for the star quarterback. The Green Bay Packers traded him to the Raiders after the 1964 season.

He had a career record of 34 TD passes in 1969

Daryle Lamonica was born in Fresno‚ Calif. He spent his early childhood on a ranch and played baseball for the Clovis Little League. In high school‚ Lamonica lettered in four sports‚ including football and baseball. In 1970‚ he was offered a professional baseball contract by the Chicago Cubs but turned it down. Instead‚ he chose to play football for the University of Notre Dame‚ where he was a three-year starter and career all-state quarterback. Lamonica was highly efficient during his second season with the Raiders. In 1969‚ he threw 25 touchdown passes and 15 interceptions. His longest pass was 82 yards. Overall‚ he threw 249.6 yards per game. In the Heidi Game‚ Lamonica threw four touchdowns‚ including the game-winning touchdown pass to Charlie Smith. Lamonica's TD pass to Smith was a memorable moment in Raiders history. The Raiders went on to win the AFC West Division by six points‚ and Lamonica was one of the key players for the team. His emergence came during the 1967 season. He led the Raiders to a 13-1 record and the AFL West title. He led the NFL with 30 passing touchdowns and earned two AFL MVP awards. Lamonica continued to lead the Raiders in 1969 and led the AFL with 3‚302 yards and 34 TD passes. Lamonica's TD passes were a career high for him. While playing in the NFL‚ Lamonica often played on the ground for the Bills. He had a career high of 289 yards and six touchdowns in 1964‚ although he rarely started behind longtime starter Jack Kemp. He would usually fill in for Kemp during the middle of the game. Despite his success‚ his record of no fumbles in 1969 is still a record for a full-time quarterback.

He was a Hall of Famer

Long-time NFL quarterback Daryle Lamonica has passed away at age 80. He was the Mad Bomber while playing for the Bills and the Raiders. He was the youngest quarterback to start in a Super Bowl‚ but was named the AFC MVP three times. The Raiders won 13 games in his rookie season and were favored to win the Super Bowl. Lamonica's record of career was 62-16-6‚ the most wins of any starting quarterback in the Super Bowl era. He completed 220 of 425 passes for 3‚228 yards and 30 touchdowns in his career and earned First-Team All-Pro honors. Born in Brooklyn‚ Lamonica was the 25th player in NFL history to go on to play in the WFL. In 1976‚ he signed a multi-year contract with the Sun of Southern California. He played a brief stint in the WFL before the league folded in late October. Later‚ Lamonica hosted a national fishing show on Fox Sports Net. Lamonica was a fan favorite and an exemplary player. The death of former Raiders Bills QB DaryLe Lamonica has caused a stir in the football community. Lamonica was an AFL Player of the Year in 1966 and led the Raiders to their first Super Bowl appearance. His reputation as a mad Bomber earned him the nickname Mad Bomber. In his career‚ Lamonica played between Hall-of-Famers Ken Stabler and Tom Flores. He played for the Buffalo Bills for four seasons after being drafted in the 12th round of the 1963 AFL Draft. He later played college football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and was traded to the Raiders in exchange for Flores and Art Powell.

He was a former Oakland Raider

Lamonica was the second-best quarterback in the NFL from 1965 to 1969‚ going to the Pro Bowl four times. He earned the nickname The Mad Bomber due to his explosiveness and high IQ. However‚ his accuracy was often suspect and he had a low completion percentage. His highest completion percentage was only 53.0% in 1972‚ and this could have been because he was throwing many long passes. Lamonica's career began after he was traded to the Raiders in 1967. His powerful arm fit perfectly with the Raiders' offense. He earned the nickname The Mad Bomber after just four games. In his first season with the Raiders‚ he led the team to its first 13-1 record and their best win in eight years. He completed 220 of his 425 passes for 3‚228 yards and thirty touchdowns and earned First-Team All-Pro honors. In 1969‚ Lamonica was named the AFL's MVP and led the AFL with 145 touchdown passes. He was also named AP AFL Player of the Year. He was a first-team All-Pro and won two AFL MVP awards in 1968. He also led the AFL with 3‚302 passing yards and 34 touchdowns in 1969. After that‚ he ended his career with a season with the South California Sun. He was a Central Valley native‚ winning the AFL's Player of the Year award and leading the Raiders to their first Super Bowl appearance. His death is reportedly a result of natural causes. Lamonica was drafted by the Raiders in 1967 and made an immediate impact on the Raiders' organization. He played college football at the University of Notre Dame.