LARRY CSONKA: Power and Pride by George Sullivan

LARRY CSONKA: Power and Pride

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A workmanlike account of the Miami Dolphins rugged fullback, Larry Richard Csonka (it means ""butcher"" in Hungarian). A farm boy from Stow, Ohio, Csonka went on to become the all-time leading rusher at Syracuse before graduating to the pro ranks. As a backfield member of the then-rebuilding Dolphins, ""Zonk"" emerged into a durable power runner and bruising blocker. Miami subsequently evolved into a powerhouse--undefeated during the '72 season and the winner of two straight Super Bowls--as Csonka became only the fifth back in history to gain 1000 or more yards in three consecutive years. Author Sullivan recalls the fullback's friendship with teammate Jim Kiick and discusses Csonka's reason for defecting to the Memphis Southmen of the WFL (more money). The player's there under the shoulder pads.

Pub Date: July 1st, 1975
Publisher: Putnam