Even from the beginning it seemed destined that football would become Larry Csonka's life. He came wailing into the world 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.
To book artists and talent such as Larry Csonka
for your corporate event, convention, or fundraiser, just use our
Find Talent Form
Csonka gained numerous honors playing for the Stow Bulldogs before going on to star as an All-American fullback at Syracuse University. He set numerous records with the Orangemen and was selected for the East-West Game, the Hula Bowl and the former All-Star NFL Game. He was selected MVP in each of those games. While at Syracuse, Csonka broke the rushing records of Jim Brown, Ernie Davis, Floyd Little and Jim Nance.
In 1968, Csonka was the Miami Dolphins' first round draft pick. Csonka and power running became synonymous in the NFL. 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 mainstays 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.
After a contract dispute in 1974, Csonka, Kiick and teammate Paul Warfield signed with the World Football League. In 1976 Csonka returned to the NFL, this time signing with the New York Giants for three seasons from 1976-1978. He returned to the Dolphins in 1979 leading the team in rushing with 837 yards and was named MVP by Dolphins teammates. He ended his professional career in Miami and retired in January 1980. His career rushing record for the Dolphins of 6,736 yards still stands.
Csonka's career rushing total of more than 8,000 yards places him among the Top 20 leading runners in NFL history. His importance to the game of football was exemplified when he was elected to the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 1987. His inclusion in that prestigious group came in only his second year of eligibility.
Csonka continues to work in the "public eye" as a television host. He currently serves as host and producer of ESPN's outdoor adventure program, Stihl's "North To Alaska", and as a host of ESPN's "Suzuki Great Outdoors". These programs showcase Larry's experience as a fisherman and hunter and his enthusiasm for outdoor sports and conservation.
Csonka also travels the country visiting various clubs and corporations as a Sports Humor/Motivational Speaker, operating within his own company known as Csonka Promotions, Inc. His speeches are laced with humor and dramatic personal experiences, and have been well received by some of the nation's top companies.
Csonka currently resides at his home in Oak Hill, Florida and maintains a farm in Lisbon, Ohio where he is constructing a sports complex which includes a USSSA sanctioned softball complex, driving range facility, probeach volleyball and basketball courts. His other hobbies include operating heavy machinery, fishing and hunting.
To book an artist such as Larry Csonka or other big name talent for your
Corporate Event, Private Party, Fundraiser or Convention, let one of our
mediator agents negotiate with managers, agents and artists to achieve
the best possible entertainment experience.
Just fill out the Talent Request form
for "Larry Csonka", so that one of our experienced professionals can contact and
book this artist for you.
We make booking entertainment and booking musicians easy! So get started with the
preliminary Talent Request form and let us use our
negitiating skills to get Larry Csonka booked for your next event.
Entertainment We Provide
How Can We Help You?
Corporate Entertainment Services
Entertainment Articles and Resources