By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Pro Football Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti has died. He was 78.
According to his family spokesman, he died on Tuesday in Bridgehampton, New York. At this time, the cause of death is unknown.
“Today, with a heavy heart and profound sorrow, my family and the entire Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and Buoniconti Fund community mourn the loss of a man who was truly larger than life, my father, NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti,” Marc Buoniconti said in a statement. “My dad has been my hero and represents what I have always aspired to be; a leader, a mentor and a champion.”
He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001. He played for the American Football League and the National Football League, where he played for both the Boston Patriots and the Miami Dolphins.
Buoniconti was a two-time Super Bowl Champion. He also went to the Pro Bowl in 1972 and 1973.
He was named to the American Football League’s All-Time team. He also is part of the New England Patriots Hall of Fame and the Miami Dolphins Honor Roll.
According to ESPN, he will donate his brain for CTE research.
“This is not easy, it’s difficult. I’m not half the man I used to be,” Buoniconti said in 2017, who will donate his brain to the Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy team at Boston University and the Concussion Legacy Foundation. “I don’t do this for myself. I do it for the thousands of others who will follow me.
“My life, as I know it, has been taken away from me. … I hope that my story and contribution will help thousands of others who are in this journey, or who will follow me.”