South Florida Legend Nick Buoniconti Passes Away at 78

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South Florida lost a legend yesterday as former Miami Dolphin and Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti passed away at the age of 78. Buoniconti was one of the leaders of the No Name Defense of the 70’s that helped lead the Dolphins to two Super Bowl Titles.

Nick played his collegiate ball at Notre Dame and was drafted in the 13th round of the 1962 AFL Draft by the Boston Patriots and joined the Miami Dolphins for the 1969 season and played for them until he retired in 1976.

Despite all of his accomplishments on the football field, perhaps Nick’s greatest contribution to the world was the amazing work he did to cure paralysis after his son Mark was paralyzed in 1985. Nick became the public face of the group that founded the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, now one of the world's leading neurological research centers.

Here is a cool story about Nick from his former co-host at Inside the NFL Cris Collinsworth:

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