The “Mad Bomber’’ blew apart defenses with his long touchdown passes.
Daryl Lamonica was born July 17, 1941 in Fresno, California. After a standout collegiate career at Notre Dame University, he joined the Buffalo Bills of the American Football League.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound quarterback became one of the league’s top stars after moving to a new team, the Oakland Raiders, in 1967.
In his first season, he led the team to the AFL championship. However, they lost Super Bowl II to the Green Bay Packers, 33-14.
Lamonica was the AFL’s player of the year in 1968 and 1969. He remained with the Raiders until his retirement after the 1974 season. He ended his career with 19,154 passing yards and 178 touchdowns.
He was named to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1987