Dolphins Linebacker Nick Buoniconti


Dolphins Hall of Fame Linebacker Nick Buoniconti Dead at 78

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July 31, 2019 - 11:56 am



Nick Buoniconti, the driving force of the Dolphins’ famed “No-Name Defense,” passed away yesterday at the age of 78. He is survived by his wife, Lynn, two sons, Marc and Nick II, and a daughter, Gina.

Buoniconti inspired his teammates with his outstanding play and fiery leadership. During his seven years with the Dolphins, the team advanced to three straight Super Bowls (1971-73) and won twice (1972, 1973), with one of those wins coming after their unparalleled undefeated season in 1972. Buoniconti was only 5-11 and 220 pounds and was considered to be too small to play middle linebacker. However, as many coaches noted, he always “played bigger than his size” during a stellar 14-year career with the Dolphins and the Boston Patriots.


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