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Daryle Lamonica
Position(s):
Quarterback
Jersey #(s):
12, 3
Born: July 17, 1941 (1941-07-17) (age 68)
Fresno, California
Career Information
Year(s): 1963-1974
AFL Draft: 1963 / Round: 24 / Pick: 5
NFL Draft: 1963 / Round: 12 / Pick: 168
College: Notre Dame
Professional Teams
Career Stats
TD-INT     164-138
Yards     19,154
QB Rating     72.9
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Career Highlights and Awards

Daryle Pat Lamonica (born July 17, 1941 in Fresno, California) is a former American collegiate and professional football quarterback who played in the American Football League, and later in the NFL.

Lamonica lettered in four sports and was an All-State Quarterback at Clovis High School in Clovis, California. Clovis High School renamed its football stadium Lamonica Stadium in 1970. After high school, he turned down a professional baseball contract with the Chicago Cubs. Lamonica spent his collegiate career at the University of Notre Dame, and was the team's starting quarterback for three seasons.

After a 20-for-28, 349-yard performance in the 1962 East-West Shrine Game at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, Lamonica was named the game's Most Valuable Player. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 24th round of the 1963 AFL draft. He was also drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 12th round of the 1963 NFL draft. Lamonica played with Buffalo for four seasons, backing up Jack Kemp on a team that won back-to-back AFL championships in 1964 and 1965. He was known as "The Fireman", coming into games if Kemp was hurt or ineffective, and pulling out victories.

In 1967, Lamonica was traded to the Oakland Raiders with Glenn Bass for Art Powell and Tom Flores. In his first year with the Raiders, he threw for 30 touchdowns and ran for four more. In 1969, he threw for 34 touchdowns and more than 3,300 yards. It was in Oakland that Lamonica's passing acumen earned him the nickname "The Mad Bomber."

With Lamonica, the Raiders won three straight Western Division titles and one American Football League Championship. The Raiders made one World Championship Game appearance with Lamonica as quarterback, losing to the Green Bay Packers, 33-14, in Super Bowl II. Lamonica threw for two touchdowns in the game. Lamonica quarterbacked the Raiders during the Heidi Game.

Lamonica was a three-time American Football League All-Star and twice was selected as the American Football League's Most Valuable Player, in 1967 and 1969. Lamonica's last season in the NFL was 1974. Lamonica played for one season (1975) in the short-lived World Football League as quarterback of the Southern California Sun where in limited time he went 9 for 19 and gained 90 yards for 1 touchdown.

In recent years, he hosted a national fishing show on Fox Sports Net called Outdoors with the Pros.

Daryle Lamonica went 66-16-4 as a starter, good for a 78.4% winning percentage, second best in NFL history (Otto Graham is the highest at 81.0%). In the American Football League, Lamonica's winning percentage as a starter was 90.0%, on 40 wins, 4 losses and 1 tie in 45 games, the best ever in the AFL.

Preceded by
George Haffner
Notre Dame starting quarterbacks
1961 - 1962
Succeeded by
Frank Budka
Preceded by
Jim Nance
American Football League MVP
1967
Succeeded by
Joe Namath
Preceded by
Joe Namath
American Football League MVP
1969
with Joe Namath
NFL merged with AFL

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