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Where Are They Now: Daryle Lamonica


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#1 KRC

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 01:46 PM

This season, I have been writing a series of articles for National Football Post focusing on players from past years. This week, my focus is on Daryle Lamonica.

Where Are They Now: Daryle Lamonica

I have had a lot of fun talking with these players and there are more articles to come.

Previous editions included:

Eddie Meador
Ace Parker
Bill Bergey
Mick Tingelhoff
Andy Russell

Future editions will include players like Maxie Baughan, Jim Ray Smith and Harold Jackson.

#2 yungmack

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 02:05 PM

Ken, a very nice article.  I had no idea Lamonica still came back to Buffalo or that he had no hard feelings towards the city or the team.  Man, that was about the worst trade in Bills history.  We can only fantasize how things would have gone had Lamonica replaced Kemp in the late 60s. Thanks for the read.

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 02:09 PM

View Postyungmack, on 24 October 2013 - 02:05 PM, said:

Ken, a very nice article.  I had no idea Lamonica still came back to Buffalo or that he had no hard feelings towards the city or the team.  Man, that was about the worst trade in Bills history.  We can only fantasize how things would have gone had Lamonica replaced Kemp in the late 60s. Thanks for the read.

He will be back in Buffalo for the Chiefs game.

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 02:09 PM

Great stuff, thanks for sharing that, Ken.

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 03:19 PM

Thanks...

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 03:41 PM

That's a very good read.  Well written.  And interesting.

Lamonica was a little before my time, but I'm happy to reconnect with the past greats once in a while.  Puts things in perspective.

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 03:59 PM

That was an awesome read! Well done Ken.

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 05:28 PM

Great article.  One note - the Bills did not play in the 1963 championship game.

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 05:54 PM

Nice read. I remember Al Davis being asked about his chances of getting Jim Kelly when the USFL was folding. He said no chance, Ralph Wilson still hadn't forgiven him for Daryle Lamonica.

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 06:03 PM

http://www.sfgate.co...Mad-2628069.php

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 06:04 PM

Another great job, thanks!

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 09:05 PM

It is still amazing to me that many players of that time period had to create a second career, and became successful at it, after football.  Would many today be able to be this successful?

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 09:19 PM

Thanks KRC.  Excellent.  I enjoyed reading the article on Tingelhoff, a player I had not known of previously who played for several years and didn't miss any games at center.

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 10:24 PM

Nice! Worst trade ever, seriously.

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 10:27 PM

Ken, great article.  Thanks so much.

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 12:19 AM

View PostBuffaloBud, on 24 October 2013 - 09:05 PM, said:

It is still amazing to me that many players of that time period had to create a second career, and became successful at it, after football.  Would many today be able to be this successful?
Started a trucking company in Alaska?  I'd like to hear about that.

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 06:54 AM

View PostBillsVet, on 24 October 2013 - 09:19 PM, said:

Thanks KRC.  Excellent.  I enjoyed reading the article on Tingelhoff, a player I had not known of previously who played for several years and didn't miss any games at center.

Don't be shocked if Tingelhoff is one of the seniors candidates for the PFHOF next year (Class of 2015). He almost made it this year. He should have been in the HOF by now.

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 07:37 AM

View Postbowery4, on 24 October 2013 - 10:24 PM, said:

Nice! Worst trade ever, seriously.


Not only was it one of the worst trades made by any team, it signaled the start of the Bills' long demise as a team. By that time, Saban was gone, and Joe Collier, the Bills's defensive coordinator was named head coach. We were so bad under him that we became eligible for the first overall pick in the draft, chosing O.J. By the time we took O.J.,  Collier was gone, and we had Oakland's head coach. That was Al Davis's second fleecing of our team. Looking back on some of these things historically, one can see the start of a long series of poor decision making by Wilson, and his employees. The 70's were extremly painful, save a short time when Saban returned for his second stint.

As a young teen-ager, I can vivdly recall Lamonica, and his slow, long release. However, he was very capable, and on many occasions Saban put him in games during the second half to "bail" out Jackie Kemp. That's exactly what he had the penchant for doing, and he was quite sucessful. There were many of us in the stands who believed that Lamonica deserved to be the starter. I'm still sick over the trade, and wince when I recall seeing him throw a bomb to Warren Wells, or Cliff Branch (I think I have their names accurately). On top of that I still gag when hearing Howard Cosell rave about him as the "mad bomber" ! It hurst to be a Bills fan!

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 07:47 AM

It's very nice writing, but it's not really about where he is now.

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 07:53 AM

Excellent article.  And the idea of a Hall of the Very Good is first rate.  So many players like Lamonica who we admire greatly but might not make it to the Hall of Fame.  Nice job, not only on the article but on the research in general.