Daryle Lamonica, who is called “Mad Bomber” because of his love for deep passes and who helped lead his team the Raiders towards their very debut Super Bowl when he won the 1967 AFL MVP award, has passed away at the age of 80.
According to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said Lamonica passed away in her Fresno, California, home early on Thursday morning. The cause of death is believed to be due to natural reasons.
“The Raiders family is deeply saddened by the news that Daryle Lamonica passed away earlier this morning,” the Raiders announced in an announcement. “The Raider Nation will forever be missing his friendly nature and friendly smile. Our deepest sympathies are with his wife Mary and son Brandon as well as the Lamonica family and teammates and family.”
Lamonica was a quarterback with the Raiders with a pair of Hall of Famers Tom Flores and Ken Stabler He was first drafted to the AFL by the Buffalo Bills out of Notre Dame in 1963.
Daryle Lamonica Passed Away
Daryle Lamonica Passed Away: After playing just four games over the course of four seasons in Jack Kemp’s reserve Lamonica was traded to the Raiders together and the receiver Glenn Bass, for Flores and receiver Art Powell, with draft selections also being involved.
Daryle Lamonica was a perfect fitting for the ownership of Al Davis’ vertical threat offense. He was the top player in the AFL through the air with 30 touchdown throws back in the year 1967 as he threw 3,228 yards and targets like Warren Wells and future Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff, leading the Raiders to a 13-1 mark.
Lamonica threw two TD passes during the Raider’s 40-7 AFL championship game win against Houston Oilers. Houston Oilers and had two additional TD passes in the loss of 33-14 in the Super Bowl II game against the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl II.
“Each game, I’m gaining self-confidence,” Daryle Lamonica told Sports Illustrated in November. 13th issue. “I believe that I’m becoming an authority. I needed to get better quickly since I was aware that they depended on me.
Regular practice and following the game plan, it’s becoming the norm for me. I’m at a level where I’m able to observe scenarios on the field and utilize plays in specific circumstances, that aren’t part of the game strategy.
One day, I’d like to complete the game 100% completed. However, the fans do not ask about your stats. They only ask for the outcome of your game.”
Daryle Lamonica was the top professional footballer with 145 touchdown passes between 1967 and 1972. That’s with 24 additional TD passes than the Hall of Fame’s Fran Tarkenton during that time period. Lamonica’s 16,006 yards of passing were third during that period.
Davis said to Sports Illustrated at the time that the Raiders had indicated they were “willing to sit for some time” to see if Lamonica could develop and be a part of their team. Daryle Lamonica
“We were aware that we could play defense, and we were aware that we could play football but it was the responsibility of Daryle to make our passing game more efficient,” Davis said. “He appears that he’s doing this more quickly than we expected. Now, what we have to keep an eye on is to not become a bit smug.”
In 1969 Daryle Lamonica became UPI’s AFL MVP and was again an All-Pro first-teamer after being the top player on his team in the AFL bypassing yardage (3,302) in addition to TD passing (34) during the time that the Raiders had a 12-2-1 record, but were beaten 17-7 in the AFL championship game against the final Super Bowl IV champion Kansas City Chiefs.
Daryle Lamonica’s record-breaking 34 TD passes from 1969 remain as the Raider’s single-season record of the franchise even 53 years later and he played a major role in one of the most well-known games in professional football history –
The Heidi Game, in which Lamonica threw four TD passes included the game-winning one for Charlie Smith. However, East Coast viewers did not get to see the thrilling comeback to the Raider’s victory of 43-32 against their rivals the New York Jets in November.
17th, 1968the day that Oakland had two scores in the closing minute, as NBC took a break from the game in the late hours to show the kids’ movie.
The playoffs were the time when Lamonica was at her best, throwing five TD passes to the Chiefs in 1968, and a record-setting six TDs in Houston during 1969.
There is only two Hall of Famer Steve Young and Tom Brady have had the same record as Lamonica’s record of six TD passes during a playoff game, in addition, only Hall of Famers Kurt Warner and Patrick Mahomes have both played in numerous playoff games that had at minimum five TD passes.
Stabler was replaced by Lamonica as Raiders player in 1973. In 1975, Lamonica was a player in the WFL’s Southern California Sun.
Lamonica was 62-16-6 for the Raiders which was the highest performance of any quarterback starting during the Super Bowl era with 75 or more stars. 16655 out of the 19,154 total passing yards were with the Raiders and 148 of his passing touchdowns.
Growing up in Fresno and he attended the prep school for the NFL draft at Clovis High School — Lamonica was selected by the Packers in the 12th round of the NFL draft in 1963. He was also drafted in at the 22nd round of the AFL draft by the Bills. Source