Larry Csonka Football
February 5, 2012 by staff
Larry Csonka Football, 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 where he was raised on a farm by his Hungarian family. He weighed almost ten pounds at birth, 150 pounds at the age of 12, and 220 pounds at the age of 16.
Csonka was the #1 pick by the American Football League’s Miami Dolphins in the 1968 Common Draft, the eighth player and first running back drafted in the first round. He signed a three-year contract for $20,000 the first year, $25,000 the second, $30,000 the third, plus a $34,000 bonus, including a car.
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 5 Pro Bowls.
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