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Absolutely my favorite after Griese who I followed here in 1967 from Purdue.
"Nick Buoniconti, a Hall of Fame football star who anchored the Miami Dolphins’ dominant defense on their undefeated 1972 team and later raised half a billion dollars for research to cure paralysis while becoming one of the most distinguished and accomplished alumni in franchise history, died on Tuesday night after a bout with pneumonia."
From the above he was a Hall of Famer as a humanitarian as well as a player.
Good he went in a manner to let his family say Goodbye but not so slow and painful as if with cancer.
Snippet from an archived Sports Illustrated article I found about Nick:
"Buoniconti was the only player to survive telling Shula, in front of the team, to 'shut the f--- up.' "
That should tell anyone all they need to know about the level of respect that Nick had from his teammates and his coach. This is why he was Captain of the defense, a successful executive, lawyer, agent, and founder of a billion+ dollar charity. This is why he was so revered.
Zach Thomas always kind of reminded me of Nick. Not the biggest or fastest guy, but preparation and smarts made up for a lot of physical shortcomings. It's a travesty that Zach hasn't made the HOF. He's a Hall of Famer in my mind. Call me crazy, but I'd still take Zach over Ray Lewis.