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Dolphins to honor late Nick Buoniconti with helmet decal

The Miami Dolphins will honor the memory of late franchise icon Nick Buoniconti with a helmet decal that will be worn throughout the 2019 NFL season.

The team made the official announcement on Wednesday with a statement, in which it’s noted that Buoniconti is the first Dolphins Hall of Famer to pass away. It also marks the first time the organization has honored a deceased player with a helmet decal.

The sticker, featuring the initials “NAB,” will be worn for the first time during the Dolphins’ regular-season opener against the Baltimore Ravens at Hard Rock Stadium on Sept. 8.

Buoniconti passed away on July 30 at the age of 78 after dealing with health issues attributed to dementia and possibly chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

The linebacker, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001, spent his final seven NFL seasons with the Dolphins. Buoniconti, a member of the team’s “No Name Defense,” was a key member of the 1972 Dolphins team that posted a perfect 17-0 record while winning Super Bowl VII.

Buoniconti went on to enjoy a successful career in broadcasting, highlighted by serving as a co-host of HBO’s “Inside the NFL” for many years. He also was a vocal advocate for pushing for research into brain trauma caused by playing football.