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Who was Daryle Lamonica?

Former Raiders quarterback Daryle Lamonica passed away on April 21, 2022.

Lamonica was 80 when he died at his home in Fresno, California, and authorities say he died of natural causes.

Former Raiders quarterback Daryle Lamonica passed away on April 20, 2022

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Former Raiders quarterback Daryle Lamonica passed away on April 20, 2022

Who was Daryle Lamonica?

Daryle Lamonica was born and raised in Fresno, where the local high school football field he attended was named after him in 1974.

Lamonica was selected as a 24th-round draft pick by the Buffalo Bills in 1963, where he played for the team as a backup quarterback for Jack Kemp for four seasons.

In 1967, he was traded to the Raiders as a starting quarterback and led the team to four division championships and played in Superbowl II.

In a 2021 interview with fan nationLamonica said, “After the (Shrine) game, a (Bills) scout came up to me and said, ‘Here’s a $100,000 bonus and a $100,000 contract.’

“I didn’t know there was so much money in professional football. … What it proved was that maybe I had some skills and could possibly play to the next level.”

His contribution to the Raiders earned him the nickname Mad Bomber, but Lamonica admitted he initially disliked the name.

“I heard it and said, ‘What a stupid name, it sounds like a guy throwing wildly,'” he told Fan Nation.

“But the next game, I got under our center, Jim Otto, and made eye contact with the left cornerback and he took two steps back, and I realized I could use it as a weapon.

“I thought, ‘Oh. I like it. Maybe that’s not such a bad nickname after all.” It stuck and that’s what I ended up with. … Now it is my registered trademark.”

How did Daryle Lamonica die?

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Lamonica died of natural causes at his home on April 20.

Clovis High School released a statement following the death of its alumni, saying, “The Clovis Unified community lost an icon today with the death of legendary athlete Daryle Lamonica, namesake of Lamonica Stadium on the Clovis High School campus.

“Lamonica established a high standard of athletic excellence, performance and character for student athletes who followed his graduation from Clovis High School.

Daryle Lamonica earned the nickname Mad Bomber while playing for the Raiders

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Daryle Lamonica earned the nickname Mad Bomber while playing for the Raiders

“In recognition of Lamonica’s influence on local high school athletics and his distinguished collegiate and professional careers, the Clovis High School football stadium was named in his honor in 1974.

“…His legacy lives on not only through the beloved stadium that bears his name, but also through the coaches, student athletes and fans who are part of the Clovis Unified athletic heritage.”

How did he rank in the NFL?

Lamonica holds the title for third in all-time passing touchdowns and fourth in all-time passing yards for the Raiders.

He holds the third position for 16,006 passing yards from 1967 to 1972 and holds a .791 win ratio, the second-highest for one NFL quarterback.

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He also holds a .900 win ratio in the AFL, the highest in league history.

“It’s been an exciting time,” Lamonica told Fan Nation. “We were innovative in the AFL. We brought the passing game into the game more than the NFL. AFL fans wanted to see the ball in the air.”

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