PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME MEMBER
 
#39 Larry Csonka - RB

Larry Csonka Career NFL Stats 1968-1974, 1976-1979
G
RATT
YARDS
YPR
RTD
REC
RECYARDS
RECTD
TOUCHES
SCRIMMAGE
TOTTD
146
1,891
8,081
4.3
64
106
820
4
1,997
8,901
68

 

 

Larry Csonka Childhood

Larry Richard Csonka was born on December 25, 1946 in Stow, OH. He is the son of Mildred Heath and Joseph Csonka. Larry’s toughness that he displayed on Sundays in the NFL can be traced back to his days growing up on the farm. Living in the small town in Ohio didn’t stop Larry from dreaming big. One of his childhood dreams was living far from his hometown in the state of Alaska. He would eventually live out that dream, but before reaching that destination he made a stop in Canton, OH to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

 

 

Larry Csonka High School Stats and Awards

Csonka attended Stow-Munroe Falls High School. Larry was a good player on both sides of the ball. He helped his football team win the city championship in 1963. Although he would become one of the best running backs in NFL history, in high school he made a name for himself on the other side of the ball. Major college programs wanted him to play on defense. Larry would accept a scholarship offer to play college football at Syracuse.

 

 

 

 

Awards and Achievements
MVP
All-Pro

1st Team: 1971, 1972, 1973

Pro Bowl Selections
1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974
Rushing Titles
Achievements

Super Bowl Champion
VII, VIII

Super Bowl MVP
VIII

NFL Comeback Player of the Year 1979

 

Larry Csonka College Stats and Notes

Csonka played for Syracuse from 1965-67. Early in his college career Csonka made the move permanently to offense. He didn't disappoint. Csonka rushed for 2,934 yards and 19 TDs during his college career. He led the Orangemen to a 1966 Gator Bowl appearance. Csonka was a two-time First Team All-American.  

 

 

 

 

 

Larry Csonka NFL Career Stats and Notes

Csonka was selected 8th overall in the 1968 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. He spent seven years as a bruising back that helped the team achieve NFL history in the early 1970s. He was the identity of the Dolphins, a team that was the first team to go to three straight Super Bowls. They won back to back Super Bowls in 1972, when the Dolphins completed the only undefeated season in NFL history, and 1973.

In 1975, Csonka spent one year in the World Football League (WFL). The following year he returned to the NFL and joined the New York Giants. Csonka spent three years in New York. In 1979, he returned to the Dolphins and played there for one season, which was his last professionally. In 1987, Csonka was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

 

 

Larry Csonka Super Bowl VIII MVP Performance

After the Miami Dolphins’ perfect season in 1972, Csonka and his teammates looked to repeat as Super Bowl champions. In 1973, the Dolphins finished with record and reached Super Bowl VIII, their third straight. This game belonged to Csonka.

It was power football for the Dolphins led by the Hall of Fame running back. Csonka carried the ball 33 times and set a then Super Bowl record with 145 yards rushing as the Dolphins dominated the Minnesota Vikings 24-7. The mission was complete for the Dolphins and Csonka took home Super Bowl MVP honors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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