Former Patriots and Dolphins, Hall Of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti passed away late Tuesday night.
He was drafted by the Boston Patriots in 1962. He had a lot of success with the Patriots but was questionably traded to the Miami Dolphins during his prime. He then went on to play seven seasons in Miami, where he was part of the undefeated 1972 Dolphins team.
Buoniconti was inducted into the New England Patriots Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.
“Nick Buoniconti was a true hero of the game,” Pro Football Hall of Fame President & CEO David Baker said in a statement. “His inspiring Hall of Fame journey that started as a 13th round draft choice to leading the Dolphins ‘No Name’ defense is one filled with grit, determination, courage and compassion. Nick’s contributions off the field were even greater than what he did on it. He lived a life of honor and nobility and his legacy will live forever through his Bronzed Bust in Canton, Ohio.”
2× Super Bowl champion (VII, VIII)
2× Pro Bowl (1972, 1973)
2× Second-team All-Pro (1972, 1973)
6× AFL All-Star (1963–1967, 1969)
5× first-team All-AFL (1964–1967, 1969)
3× Second-team All-AFL (1962, 1963, 1968)
American Football League All-Time Team
New England Patriots Hall of Fame
Miami Dolphins Honor Roll
Second-team All-American (1961)