Daryle Pasquale Lamonica (July 17, 1941 – April 21, 2022) was an American football quarterback who spent 12 seasons with the Oakland Raiders in the American Football League (AFL) and the National Football League (NFL).
He spent his first four seasons with the Buffalo Bills, who drafted him in the 24th round of the 1963 American Football League Draft. Lamonica spent the following eight seasons with the Raiders as their starting quarterback, including after they entered the NFL via the AFL–NFL merger.
Lamonica, dubbed “The Mad Bomber” for his penchant for throwing the long pass in almost any situation, led the Raiders to four consecutive division wins and a Super Bowl berth in Super Bowl II between 1967 and 1970.
Lamonica was named AFL Most Valuable Player (MVP) twice, as well as being selected for three AFL All-Star games, two NFL Pro Bowl appearances, and two first-team All-AFL honors. During each of his MVP seasons, he was the AFL’s leading passer in passing touchdowns and passing yards. Lamonica has the best quarterback winning % in the NFL and the best quarterback winning percentage in the AFL.
Lamonica, who is of Italian and Irish origin, grew up on a ranch in California’s Central Valley. Lamonica was a member of the inaugural Little League World Series team.
At Clovis High School in Clovis, a Fresno suburb, he lettered in four sports and was an all-state quarterback. The high school’s football stadium was named after him in 1974. He rejected down a professional baseball contract with the Chicago Cubs after high school.
Lamonica spent three seasons as the starting quarterback for the University of Notre Dame in collegiate football. He had 99 completions on 211 attempts for a 46.9% completion percentage and 1,363 yards with eight touchdowns and 16 interceptions in 30 games from 1960 to 1962.
He carried for 353 yards and 10 touchdowns on 144 carries. He was named Most Valuable Player in the 1962 East-West Shrine Game, which was held at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. He went 20-for-28 for 349 yards and was named MVP.
Is Daryle Lamonica married?
Darylr Lamonica was married. Daryle Lamonica and Mary Lamonica married in 1970 and have been married for over 40 years. A few days before his death, they were honored on Twitter.