Even from the beginning it seemed destined that football would become Larry Csonka's life. Born on December 25, 1946 in Stow, Ohio a husky 9 pound 13 ounce Christmas gift to his parents and a future generation of football fans. By age 16, he already stood 6'3" and weighed 237 pounds. Larry currently lives in Anchorage, AK, but spends the winter in Daytona Beach, FL and part of the year in Ohio. From Ohio, he flies out of Pittsburgh, PA.
A man with a powerful and humorous story…
Larry Csonka and power running became synonymous in the NFL of the 1970’s. As a player with the powerhouse Miami Dolphins he charged so tenaciously through defenses that his name became a household word and his nickname, Zonk, became a new American verb. From 1971-1973, he led the Dolphins to three Super Bowl appearances, earning All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors along the way. He and halfback Jim Kiick were affectionately known as “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” and were key players in the Dolphins’ perfect 17-0-0 season in 1972. Csonka earned the MVP award of the Dolphins’ Super Bowl VIII victory over the Minnesota Vikings by rushing 33 times for 145 yards and two touchdowns. In 1973, he was voted Super Athlete of the Year by the Professional Football Writers Association. In 1987, he was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in only his second year of eligibility.
Larry continues to work in the “public eye” as host and producer of the outdoor adventure series, “NAPA’s North to Alaska,” which airs on the NBC Sports Outdoor Network every Sunday morning @ 9:00A, EST. These programs showcase Larry’s experience as a fisherman and hunter and his enthusiasm for outdoor sports and conservation. Other interests include working on his Ohio farm, fishing and hunting.
Larry also stays busy traveling the country visiting various clubs and corporations as a Sports Humor/Motivational speaker, operating within his own company, Csonka Promotions, Inc.
Larry Csonka has a tremendous story to tell and backs it up with a warm sincere approach that will have listeners on the edge of their seats. Larry will speak about the game, coaching, the players and starring moments of a great career. His audiences delight in his humor and leave feeling that they have always known him.
Larry Csonka is more than a retired football player, he is a legend. He will leave you and your organization with a renewed confidence to strive for perfection in any endeavor.
Larry speaks about his winning years with the Miami Dolphins and the career opportunities that followed. Teamwork and Dedication are highlights to his keynote.