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NFL Legend Nicknamed ‘The Mad Bomber’ Passes Away at 80

Published 04/23/2022, 4:00 PM EDT

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Yesterday, the NFL community lost one of its icons. Former Super Bowl-winning quarterback for the Raiders, Daryle Lamonica died at the age of 80. He passed away at his home in Fresno, California. His death was caused by natural causes.

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Daryle Lamonica led the Raiders to their first Super Bowl-winning campaign in 1967. He also won the MVP during that season. Daryle was nicknamed ‘The Mad Bomber’. Notably, he was famous for his long deep passes on the field.


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During his career in the league, Daryle played for the Buffalo Bills and the Oakland Raiders. He was drafted by the Bills in 1963. Later, he was traded to the Oakland Raiders, where he achieved much of his success.

The Las Vegas Raiders pay their respect to an NFL icon

Without Daryle Lamonicam the Raiders wouldn’t have won their first Super Bowl. As a result, He is an important part of the Raiders franchise. During his tenure with the Raiders, he had an impressive record of 66-16-6.

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The Raiders franchise was quick to recognize an all-time great of their franchise following his unfortunate demise. It is fair to say that he might have been one of the most influential people for this franchise.


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The Las Vegas Raiders paid their tributes to their legendary quarterback and released a statement. The statement said, “The Raiders Family is deeply saddened to learn of Daryle Lamonica’s passing earlier today, The Raider Nation will forever miss his easy-going nature and warm smile. Our deepest condolences are with his wife Mary, son Brandon, the rest of the Lamonica family, teammates, and friends.”

Buffalo Bills also show their respect to their former quarterback


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Daryle Lamonica was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1963, during the 12th round of the Draft. He played for the Bills from 1963 to 1966 and was later traded to the Oakland Raiders.


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Although his career at the Bills wasn’t great, He became a very good quarterback later in his career and changed the game. It is fair to say the things being done by the likes of Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, and Justin Herbert were done by him in the 1960s and 70s. Without him, the game would have been quite different from what it is at present.

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Abhimanyu Chaudhary


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Abhimanyu Chaudhary is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration at Sharda University. Abhimanyu has been a life-long fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and Liverpool FC.
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Deepika Bhaduri