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Former Raiders Quarterback Died On Thursday

A general view of the Oakland Raiders stadium.

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 12: McAfee Coliseum is shown during the Oakland Raiders game against the Denver Broncos at McAfee Coliseum on November 12, 2006 in Oakland, California. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 17-13. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

The Raiders' community received sad news on Thursday. Daryle Lamonica, a former NFL quarterback, has reportedly passed away. He was 80 years old.

Lamonica was a Clovis, Calif. native. He became an All-State quarterback at Clovis High School and later played college football at Notre Dame. He'd end up getting drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 24th round of the 1963 AFL Draft. He spent four years in Buffalo, mostly riding the bench, until he joined the Raiders in 1967.

Nicknamed the "Mad Bomber" due to his strong arm and ability to stretch the field vertically, Lamonica became a star in Oakland. In 1969, the big-armed quarterback threw for 3,302 yards and 34 touchdowns with 25 interceptions. He also led the Raiders to four-straight Western Division titles and one AFL Championship. He was a two-time AFL MVP and three-time All-Star.

We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.

"Former Raider Quarterback and Clovis native Daryle Lamonica passes away at 80. Lamonica grew up in the Central Valley, playing as an all-state quarterback at Clovis High School - which named its stadium after him in 1974," KMJ NOW tweeted.

"Sad to hear of the passing of Raiders’ great, Daryle Lamonica. He could throw the deep ball like no other QB of his era," Ralph Wood wrote.

"Lamonica was nicknamed “The Mad Bomber” for his incredible throwing arm, now going down in history as the third leading passer of anyone with the Raiders," KRCR News Channel 7 said.

Lamonica's legacy in the NFL won't soon be forgotten.