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Old Yesterday, 02:30 PM
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Another member of the undefeated Miami Dolphins of 1972 is gone.

Earl Morrall, Nick Buoniconti, Bob Kuechenberg, Bill Stanfill ..

(If you are interested in all who have passed, see my second link below.)

Former Patriots and Dolphins linebacker Nick Buoniconti died on Wednesday after a battle with dementia, the Dolphins announced. Buoniconti was 78.

Buoniconti was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001. He was a five-time All-Pro and two-time Super Bowl champion and won the Lombardi Trophy with the Dolphins in 1972 and 1973.

Perfect Season Dolphins no longer with us | PHOTOS

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Old Today, 04:16 PM
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He was small(ish) on the field at 5'11" but he was a great linebacker, splitting his career with the Boston Patriots. He without a doubt was the leader of that Dolphin defense through those super bowl years that Miami had in the early 1970's.

But off the field he was big on a variety of levels. For years he co-hosted HBO's Inside The NFL with long time KC Chief quarterback Lenny Dawson. Very well spoken, very knowledgable, had lots of stories about the players he went up against in the AFL. I appreciated his stories most of all as IMO to this day the players of the AFL haven't gotten enough credit for HOF admission who spent 80-90% of their careers in that league.

And God knows he had adversity in his post football life. In 1985 his son Mark severed his spinal column playing ball, he along with Nick both going to Notre Dame. He worked tirelessly to create the " Miami Project To Cure Paralysis." And sadly he is one of the players on the scrap heap who suffered greatly from head injuries, and a couple years ago he had announced that when he passed his brain be donated for scientific studies.

A few days ago it was Keith Lincoln. Now Nick Buoniconti. Two of the classiest players from the American Football League.
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