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NFL World Pays Tribute To Former Raiders Quarterback

A wide view of the Las Vegas Raiders home field.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 21: General view of the field prior to the game between the Las Vegas Raiders and the New Orleans Saints at Allegiant Stadium on September 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight's game will be the first ever National Football League game played at Allegiant Stadium. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

On Thursday morning, former Raiders quarterback Daryle Lamonica passed away. He was 80 years old.

Lamonica played at Notre Dame before going pro. The Bills selected him in the 24th round of the 1963 AFL Draft. He spent four seasons with them before being traded to the Raiders.

During his time with the Raiders, Lamonica earned the nickname "The Mad Bomber." He was a two-time AFL MVP and led the league in passing yards in 1969.

The Raiders' fan base and organization is understandably heartbroken over this news.

"Noooo way! Praying for the Lamonica family," Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said. "He was always so good to me and I enjoyed our conversations over the years."

"Raiders lost a great one in Daryle Lamonica," former Raiders star Rich Gannon tweeted. "A true legend! RIP brother!"

"R.I.P. The Mad Bomber. Damn he made the Raiders' vertical passing game go," an NFL fan wrote. "Stabler may have taken them to the promised land, but he wouldn't have if not for DL."

"He was my first Raider Love. I wrote him every week, I was 12. My heart is broken," another fan said.

Lamonica currently ranks fourth in all-time passing yards and third in all-time passing touchdowns for the Raiders.

Our thoughts are with the Lamonica family at this time.