Nick Buoniconti Biography – Nick Buoniconti Wiki
Nick Buoniconti born Nicholas Anthony Buoniconti, was an American Football League (AFL) and National Football League (NFL) middle linebacker, who played for the Boston Patriots and Miami Dolphins.
Buoniconti played guard on offense and linebacker on defense for Notre Dame. But at 5-foot-11 and 220 pounds, he was small for an NFL linebacker.
Buoniconti was taken in the 13th round by the Boston Patriots of the upstart AFL and played for them from 1962 to 1968. He made the AFL All-Star Game six times and had 24 career interceptions for the Patriots, including three in a single game in 1968.
Buoniconti played for the Miami Dolphins from 1969 to 1974 and in 1976. He was the leader of Miami’s famed “No-Name Defense,” and in 1973 he set a team record with 162 tackles.
He was an eight-time Pro Bowler and won Super Bowl titles with the Dolphins in 1972, for a team that finished 17-0, and 1973. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001.
Buoniconti also had a successful post-football career in broadcasting and business. Following retirement, Buoniconti worked as an attorney, as president of U.S. Tobacco and as an agent to such athletes as Bucky Dent and Andre Dawson.
Nick Buoniconti’s son, Marc Buoniconti, was paralyzed from the shoulders down making a tackle for The Citadel in 1985. In 1985, he and Marc Buoniconti helped to found the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, which has become the world’s largest spinal cord injury research center.
Nick Buoniconti Age
He was born on December 15, 1940 in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States. He died on July 30, 2019 in Bridgehampton, New York at the age of 78.
Nick Buoniconti Wife
Buoniconti was married to his first wife Teresa Marie Salamano from 1962 to 1997. In 2000, he married his second wife Lynn Weiss.
Nick Buoniconti Children
Buoniconti had two children, sons Marc Buoniconti and Nicholas Buoniconti III.
Nick Buoniconti Death
Buoniconti died on July 30, 2019, in Bridgehampton, New York. He was 78.
Don Shula, Buoniconti’s coach with the Dolphins said on the passing of Buoniconti, “I am sad to hear of Nick’s passing. Nick was special to me in every way. He was someone I greatly admired. His love for his wife, Lynn, his children, grandchildren, friends, teammates, family and the community was evident. His groundbreaking work with The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis has made a huge difference in the lives of so many people. I am thankful to have had Nick in my life. I will miss him.”
His groundbreaking work with The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis has made a huge difference in the lives of so many people. I am thankful to have had Nick in my life. I will miss him.”
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) July 31, 2019
Nick Buoniconti Cause of Death – How did Nick Buoniconti Die
Nick Buoniconti’s cause of death was not revealed.
Nick Buoniconti Health
Buoniconti revealed in May 2017 that he was suffering from memory loss and could not use his left hand, among other ailments. He said in November 2017 that he would donate his brain for CTE research.
Nick Buoniconti Net Worth
Nick Buoniconti’s net worth was estimated to be about $83 million.
Nick Buoniconti Height
He stood at a height of 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m).