Larry Csonka Commercials Alaska Spine Institute In Alaska
February 5, 2012 by staff
Larry Csonka Commercials Alaska Spine Institute In Alaska, Larry Richard Csonka (born December 25, 1946) is a former collegiate and professional American football fullback. One of six children, Csonka was born in Stow, Ohio. He was raised on a farm by his Hungarian family in Stow. He weighed almost ten pounds at birth, 150 pounds at the age of 12, 237 pounds at the age of 16.
He began his football career at Stow High School as the starting tailback on the 1963 Stow Bulldogs squad that won the Metropolitan League of the Akron, Ohio, area championship under coach Dick Fortner. He played for Stow from 1960-1963. Csonka became a running back by accident.
Because of his size, he played defensive end on the varsity team as a sophomore. In the last game that year, he was sent in as a substitute on the kickoff return team. The ball just happened to go to him and he took off running with it. Wrote Csonka,
I ran over two tacklers before I realized what I was doing. I didn’t score or save the game, but I got a tremendous feeling carrying the ball. I was thrashing around, trying to run six ways at once. I loved it. I knew then that I wanted to run with the ball.
Even so, the next year Csonka had a tough time before the start of the season convincing his teammates and coaches that he could play running back. They said he was too big and too slow. But he did well in the first game of the season, and from then on no one doubted him.
Csonka currently resides in Anchorage. He also maintains a farm in Lisbon, Ohio, and operates Goodrich Seafood House in Oak Hill, Florida. Csonka currently appears in television commercials for the Alaska Spine Institute, an Anchorage-based physical rehabilitation center.
Csonka appeared in a 1974 episode of the television series Emergency!, playing a worker at a chemical factory who becomes violently unhinged and attacks the paramedics after inhaling toxic fumes.
Csonka had a guest-starring role in 1975 on The Six Million Dollar Man as Larry Bronco (a football player) in the season 3 episode “One of our Running Backs is Missing”. Among his co-stars in this episode were former AFL/NFL football players Mike Henry, O. William Faison, Tom Mack, Dick Butkus, and Carl Weathers (who went on to portray Apollo Creed in the Rocky movie series).
Csonka had a non-credited role as “Cmdr. Delaney” in the 1976 film Midway. He also made periodic guest appearances on episodes of various TV series.
Csonka is referenced frequently in Episode 910 (The Final Sacrifice) of the cult TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000 (since a character resembles him).
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