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26. (SOLD OUT) "The Mad Bomber" 7" x 10.5" Art Print

26. (SOLD OUT) "The Mad Bomber" 7" x 10.5" Art Print

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Amongst the hallowed halls of football folklore, where legends are forged, and mythical tales are spun, there exists a figure whose very presence ignited the skies with a symphony of spiraling leather and soaring dreams. His name was Daryle Lamonica, but to the faithful, he was known by a moniker that echoed through the ages like an explosion of pure gridiron brilliance: "The Mad Bomber."

Picture this: a quarterback with a fearless heart and a right arm that possessed a supernatural force capable of launching a football into the stratosphere with an uncanny precision. Daryle Lamonica was a maverick, a bombardier unafraid to seize the moment, gripping the pigskin tightly as he surveyed the field with eyes ablaze, searching for his targets in the labyrinth of chaos.

Born and raised in Fresno, California, Lamonica first showcased his football prowess at Clovis High School, where he exhibited a cannon-like arm and an innate knack for making game-changing plays. His talents eventually caught the attention of the University of Notre Dame, where he excelled as a starting quarterback, consistently electrifying the Fighting Irish faithful with his deep throws and daring style of play.

Lamonica's professional journey began in 1963 when he was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the 24th round of the AFL Draft. Despite being a late-round pick, he quickly established himself as a force to be reckoned with. During his time in Buffalo, the moniker "The Mad Bomber" was bestowed upon him, owing to his propensity for launching long bombs downfield with astonishing accuracy.
In 1967, Lamonica was traded to the Oakland Raiders, a move that would solidify his place in football folklore. Under the guidance of the legendary coach Al Davis, Lamonica thrived in the vertical passing game that became synonymous with the Raiders' offensive philosophy. Alongside a talented cast of receivers, including Fred Biletnikoff and Warren Wells, Lamonica orchestrated an aerial assault that sent shockwaves through the league.

"The Mad Bomber" captured the hearts of Raiders fans with his audacious style of play. His deep-ball prowess and unwavering confidence made him a fan favorite and a nightmare for opposing defenses. Lamonica's ability to thread the needle, often under immense pressure, was matched only by his unyielding determination to lead his team to victory.
During his tenure with the Raiders, Lamonica achieved unparalleled success. His record-breaking 36 touchdown passes in a single season stood as a testament to his ability to light up the scoreboard. He led Oakland to multiple division titles and played a crucial role in their triumphant run to victory in Super Bowl XI.

However, Lamonica's legacy extends far beyond his statistics. He embodied the essence of an era, an icon of a bygone time when the deep pass symbolized the very essence of the game. Lamonica's impact reverberated throughout the football landscape, inspiring a generation of quarterbacks to take to the skies and dream of emulating his unparalleled aerial displays.

In the twilight of his career, Darlye Lamonica retired from the game with his name etched in the history books and the hearts of football enthusiasts. Forever enshrined as "The Mad Bomber," his thrilling style of play and unforgettable moments will forever serve as a reminder of the exhilaration and audacity that defined an era in football's evolution.

This is a pre-order item and will be shipped 40-60 days after the print is retired. 

Our art prints (not a comic book) is printed on double-thick card stock & comes  packaged in all the nostalgia you can ask for. The art print is a pre-order item for sale for one week only and then the print is retired and the print run is locked. *Frame not included. 

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Daniel is the artist that designs all of our Pop Fly Pop Shop prints. Every piece is made with purposeful intentionality and thoughtful effort. Daniel is a storyteller, and during every drop, he is able to showcase the player’s journey and important moments from their career. The art prints do not simply focus on the player's image but about the entire path that has led them to the big leagues.