Bob Talamini, an offensive lineman on the New York Jets’ Super Bowl-winning workforce in 1969 after eight seasons with the Houston Oilers, died Might 30. He was 83.
Citing his household, the Jets introduced Talamini’s demise on their web site Saturday evening. No trigger of demise was supplied, however an obituary posted by the Getz Funeral Residence in Las Cruces, New Mexico, mentioned a service for Talamini could be held Monday at Saint Albert The Nice Newman Middle.
Talamini was a six-time AFL All-Star choice for Houston, serving to the Oilers win championships within the league’s first two seasons after being drafted in 1959 out of Kentucky. He completed his profession by taking part in one season with New York, serving to Joe Namath and the Jets win the franchise’s first — and nonetheless solely — Super Bowl.
“Without Talamini, we don’t win,” Namath told The Associated Press in an interview last year. “Maybe we don’t even get there. But we don’t win without Bob Talamini.”
Talamini was born Jan. 8, 1939, in Louisville, Kentucky, the place he turned a soccer standout at Xavier Excessive College earlier than taking part in at Kentucky. He was among the many first draft picks within the Oilers’ historical past and rapidly established himself as a reliable and sturdy blocker whereas anchoring a line in entrance of a pair of future Professional Soccer Corridor of Famers in quarterback George Blanda and halfback Billy Cannon.
Talamini, an All-AFL First Workforce choice thrice with the Oilers, requested for his launch following the 1967 season after being denied a request for a brand new contract. His taking part in profession appeared unsure till the Jets despatched a third-round draft decide to the Oilers to amass Talamini.
“The first day I saw Bob Talamini, he came to training camp which was in late-July or early August, and we’re going to play our first exhibition game and we’re loading up the buses and he comes out with a turtleneck sweater on,” Namath mentioned with amusing. “I simply could not imagine it. It was like 90, 95 levels and he made that turtleneck appear to be a mock turtle as a result of he had no neck.
“He was just shoulders and a short neck — and a bull of a guy.”
Talamini performed in each recreation for the Jets through the 1968 season and began at left guard through the Super Bowl in opposition to the Baltimore Colts — a 16-7 victory powered by the offensive line and New York’s working recreation, which rolled up 142 yards dashing.
“He was one of the best-kept secrets for us,” Namath mentioned. “And Talamini hasn’t gotten a lot of recognition for what he did that year.”
Talamini’s taking part in profession ended with the Super Bowl win and he labored within the monetary consulting enterprise for a number of years after soccer. He additionally served as president of the Houston Landing Membership and president of the NFL Alumni Affiliation.
Talamini is survived by his spouse Mary Will, youngsters Robin, Bob Jr., Tina, Tony, John, Juliana, and Migne’, 14 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, sister Nancy Ratterman and first spouse Charlene Talamini Legler.
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