Interesting Facts About Miami Dolphins Great Larry Csonka


Larry Csonka was a great running back who had a very interesting NFL career. He made his initial impact on the league as a driving force on the 1972 Miami Dolphins that went undefeated and won the Super Bowl. He would later change teams, even leagues, before finishing his career with Miami. Here are some interesting facts about the great running back and Hall of Fame player, Larry Csonka.

-In 1971, Larry Csonka led the entire NFL is average yards per rushing attempt at 5.4.

-Larry Csonka was selected to five straight Pro Bowls, fro 1970 to 1974.

-Larry Csonka started and ended his career with the Miami Dolphins. In between though he spent one season with the Memphis Southmen of the World Football League and three seasons with the New York Giants.

-Larry Csonka was selected with the 8th overall pick in the 1968 NFL/AFL Draft. The seven players selected ahead of him were offensive lineman Ron Yary, center Bob Johnson, defensive end Claude Humphrey, offensive lineman Fred Carr, defensive lineman Dennis Byrd, and defensive end Kevn Hardy.

-The most touchdowns ever rushed for in one game by Larry Csonka is three. He did this twice, both in 1979, when he scored three against the Chicago Bears in week four and then scored three against the New England Patriots in week fourteen. Both games were wins by the Miami Dolphins.

-Larry Csonka was inducted into the Miami Dolphins Honor Roll during its first year of existence in 1990. The other four people honored were former owner and team founder Joe Robbie, quarterback Bob Griese, center Jim Langer, and wide receiver Paul Warfield.

-Larry Csonka was the second running back that the Miami Dolphins franchise had selected in the first round of the draft. Two years earlier in 1966 they picked Jim Grabowski out of the University of Illinois with the number one overall pick. Other running backs selected in the first round over the years by Miami include David Overstreet in 1981, Lorenzo Hampton in 1985, Sammie Smith in 1989, John Avery in 1998, and Ronnie Brown in 2005.

-Larry Csonka’s first 100 yard rushing game came in week nine of the 1969 NFL season when he carried the ball 16 times for 121 yards (7.56 yard average) in a 17-16 win over the then Boston Patriots.

-During college, Larry Csonka was the Most Valuable Player of the East-West Shrine Game, Hula Bowl, and the College All-Star Game.

-Almost 75 percent of Larry Csonka’s 68 career rushing touchdowns (21) were scored from inside the three yard line.

-Larry Csonka was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989.

-In 1972 Larry Csonka rushed for 1,117 yards and his teammate Mercury Morris ran for exactly 1,000 yards. This was the first time in NFL history that two players on one team broke the 1,000 yard rushing mark.

-Larry Csonka caught four touchdown passes during his career. Three were thrown to him by Bob Griese and one by longtime backup Don Strock.

-Larry Csonka worked for a time for the Jacksonville Bulls of the United States Football Laague in the roles of both director of scounting as well as general manager.

-Larry Csonka scored more touchdowns in the fourth quarter than he did during any other quarter during his career.

-One of Larry Csonka’s post football jobs was as an announcer for the television show “American Gladiators”.

-Larry Csonka scored 68 career touchdowns in the National Football League. Interestingly he scored 34 on the road and 34 in home games.

-In 2005, Larry Csonka and others were stranded on a disabled boat caught in a severe storm in Alaska and had to be rescued by helicopter.

-Larry Csonka’s highest touchdown total in one season is 13 and this occured during his last season in the league.

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