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Larry Csonka      

NFL Legend & Hall of Famer

Larry Csonka is a former professional American football fullback and was inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame (1989) and Pro Football Hall of Fame (1987). With the Miami Dolphins, he was a member of their undefeated season and won Super Bowl championships in 1972 and 1973.

Csonka began his football career at Stow High School and continued in college at Syracuse, where he was named All-American and enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame.

As a player with the powerhouse Miami Dolphins, he charged so tenaciously through defenses that his name became a household word and his nickname, ZONK, became a new American verb. From 1971-1973, he led the Dolphins to three Super Bowl appearances earning All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors along the way. He was a key player in the Dolphins’ perfect 17-0-0 season in 1972. Csonka earned the MVP award of the Dolphins’ Super Bowl VIII victory over the Minnesota Vikings by rushing 33 times for 145 yards and two touchdowns. In 1973, he was voted Super Athlete of the Year by the Professional Football Writers Association. Csonka’s importance to the game of football was exemplified when he was elected to the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 1987.

Csonka returned to the NFL with the New York Giants for three seasons after a season in the World Football League. He retired to the Miami Dolphins in 1979.

In his 11 NFL seasons, Csonka carried the ball 1,891 times for 8,081 yards and 64 touchdowns. He also caught 106 passes for 820 yards and four touchdowns. He was among the NFL's top 10 ranked players in rushing yards four times, in rushing touchdowns five times, total touchdowns three times and yards from the line of scrimmage once. He earned All-AFC honors four times and was named All-Pro in 1971, 1972, and 1973. He was also selected to play in five Pro Bowls.

After his retirement, Csonka became a motivational speaker and hosted several hunting and fishing shows for NBC Sports Network. His most recent show North to Alaska ran from 1998 to 2013.

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