January 28, 2001
CLASS OF 2001 NICK BUONICONTI Linebacker . . . 1962-1968 Boston Patriots, 1969-1974, 1976 Miami Dolphins . . . 14 seasons, 183 games . . . Thought to be too small for pros . . . Had an immediate impact with Patriots, helping to capture 1963 AFL Eastern Division title . . . Played in five AFL All-Star games with Patriots and one with Miami after 1969 trade . . . Seventh in Patriot history for career interceptions, 24 . . . Was Dolphins' MVP in 1969 . . .