Ranking the best quarterbacks in NFL history #31. Daryle Lamonica

31. Daryle Lamonica: Lamonica was selected in the 12th round (168th overall) by the Green Bay Packers in the 1963 NFL draft out of Notre Dame.  He never played a game with the Packers however, because Lamonica chose instead to play for the Buffalo Bills who selected him in the 24th round (188th overall) of the AFL draft.

Lamonica spent four years with the Bills as a backup to Jack Kemp before moving on to the Oakland Raiders and getting his chance to start.

In his six years as the Raiders starting signal caller, Lamonica never lost more than four games in a season.

He best years came in 1967, ’68 and ’69.  In ’67, he led the Raiders to a 13-1 record while throwing for 3,228 yards and a league-leading 30 touchdowns.  He was named a Pro Bowler, First-Team All-Pro and the AFL Player of the Year.  In ’68, Lamonica threw for 3,245 yards and 25 touchdowns while leading Oakland to another dominant season. In ’69, Lamonica had a spectacular season.  He led the AFL in passing yards (3,302) and touchdowns (34) and was named a First-Team All-Pro as well as the AFL Player of the Year by the UPI for the second time in three years.

For his career, the five-time Pro Bowler threw for 19,154 yards and 164 touchdowns while rushing for 640 yards and 14 scores.


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