Miami Dolphins legend Nick Buoniconti is struggling with his health, as it was reported earlier today. In the last few days, the family released a video of Nick, poolside, struggling to put on his t-shirt. Nick suffers from a degenerative brain disease, which is linked to his playing days, even though that is not fully determined at this time. This is a reminder the dangers of football and the effects it can have on people, long after their playing days are over.
After his playing days ended in 1976, he practiced law for a short time. He helped with the research with smokeless tobacco, and whether mouth cancer occurred from doing it. As he fights for his life, we are reminded of everything he did for the Miami Dolphins during his time there. He is a 2 time Super Bowl champion, 2 time pro bowler, 6 time all AFL all star, 5 time first team AFL, he is even in the New England Patriots hall of fame. He continues to be a big part of the franchise. He is there for pretty much every ceremony commemorating the 1972 and 1973 teams.
His small stature didn’t matter, it was his big heart. I hope he continues to use what he did throughout his career and continue to fight. Thank you Nick, for all that you did to put the Miami Dolphins on the map.