Nick Buoniconti was an American AFL and NFL middle linebacker who played most of his career with Boston Patriots and Miami Dolphins. Nick Buoniconti net worth before his death is estimated to be $4 million.
Buoniconti was born on December 15, 1940, in Springfield, Massachusetts. His parents Nicholas Anthony Buoniconti Sr. and Pasqualina Mercolino ran a family bakery in the South End of the City. He went to Cathedral High School where he started playing football.
Nick Buoniconti played college football for Notre Dame. In 1960, as a junior, he was second on the Fighting Irish in tackles with 71. In 1961, he was only All-American on Notre Dame’s 1961 team.
Buoniconti was drafted by Boston Patriots in 1961 in the 13th round of the 1962 AFL draft. He made an immediate impact with the Patriots as he was named the team’s rookie of the year. With Boston, he appeared in five AFL All-Star Games and recorded 21 interceptions, which is still the seventh-most in team history. He was named 2nd team All-AFL in 1963 while he is also a member of the Patriots All-1960s Team and the AFL All-Time Team.
In 1969, he was traded to AFL’s Miami Dolphins. He also made a good start with the Dolphins. He made the AFL-All star team in 1969 and the NFL Pro Bowl in 1972 and 1973 when he led the Dolphins in Super Bowl wins.
Buoniconti was a rock-solid on the Dolphin’s defense. In 1973, he recorded a team record 162 tackles. He was named to the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl in 1972 and 1973. He ended his career with an unofficial 24 sacks, eight with Patriots and six with the Dolphins.
Nick was married twice. He first married Teresa Marie Salamano in 1962 while his second marriage with Lynn Weiss came in 2000. He has two children named Marc Buoniconti and Nicholas Buoniconti III. On July 31, 2019, Buoniconti died at the age of 78. His official cause of death is unknown at the moment.