Larry Csonka is a Hall of Famer for both his time in college as well as in the NFL. Csonka went to Syracuse University to play middle linebacker but switched to running back during his sophomore season. In his three seasons as running back, Csonka rushed for a school-record of 2,934 yards on an average of 4.9 yards per carry. Csonka was a two-time All-American in his last two seasons at Syracuse before entering the 1968 NFL Draft. Csonka was then selected by the Miami Dolphins as the eighth overall pick.
Csonka was categorized as a “bulldozer” or a “battering ram” by opponents and teammates during his career in Miami, for his ability to run through tackles with ease. Csonka’s best years came from 1971 through 1973, in which he rushed for over 1,000 yards per season. As a key member of the offense, Csonka’s Dolphins went on to go 14-0 in the regular season in 1972 and won the Super Bowl for an undefeated season. This is still the only undefeated season in NFL history. Then in 1973 following their victory in Super Bowl VII, the Dolphins would go on to repeat as Super Bowl champions. In Super Bowl XVIII, Csonka carried the ball 33 times, rushed for 145 yards, and had two touchdowns. At the time, his 145 yards was a Super Bowl record and he was named the game’s MVP. During his first seven seasons in Miami, Larry Csonka was a Pro Bowler five times. He played three seasons for the New York Giants from 1976-1978 but finished his career in Miami in 1979 playing for the Dolphins. “The Zonk”, which was his nickname, actually won Comeback Player of the Year in his last season in 1979 as he rushed for 837 yards at the age of 33. Upon his retirement, Csonka was inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Dolphins retired his No. 39 jersey as well.
Miami Dolphins fans will always appreciate the hard-nosed power rushing of Larry Csonka. As a member of both of the Dolphins Super Bowl winning teams, Csonka is a legend in Miami and will never be forgotten. Fans of Csonka now have the chance to get their own autographed collectibles from the great champion fullback. All of our Csonka autographed memorabilia come certified authentic and will look amazing on display in your home or office.
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