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Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti, Former Dolphin And Football Safety Advocate, Dies At 78

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Nick Buoniconti, linebacker with the Miami Dolphins, 1972, died at age 78.

Nick Buoniconti, a Hall of Fame linebacker for the Miami Dolphins’ Super Bowl teams of the 1970s and an outspoken advocate for safety in his sport, has died, the Dolphins confirmed. The legendary defensive stalwart was 78 and The Palm Beach Post reported he had been admitted into hospice earlier this week.

Buoniconti, who won two Super Bowls with Miami, was a two-time All-Pro and was named to the American Football League (AFL) All-League Team eight times. He’s a member of the AFL All-Time Team and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001. His off-field and post-career contributions were just as notable, though.

Buoniconti worked as an agent, representing about 30 professional players, including MLB stars Bucky Dent and Andre Dawson. He was later a co-host of HBO’s "Inside the NFL" and even later was the subject of HBO’s "The Many Lives of Nick Buoniconti," a documentary focusing on his storied playing career, as well as his struggles with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and the tragic paralysis of his son Marc Buoniconti.

Read more from our news partner the Miami Herald.