Larry Csonka is a former professional fullback who played in the NFL. Csonka was the No. 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.
Csonka played for the Miami Dolphins for the majority of his career, along with the New York Giants for three years. Csonka is mainly remembered for his success during his tenure with the Dolphins, which included being a member of their 17-0 perfect season in 1972 and winning Super Bowl championships in 1972 and 1973. Csonka was named the 1973 Super Bowl MVP when he ran for a then record 145 yards. Csonka is a five time Pro Bowler, and three time first team All-Pr. As of 2020, Csonka has the Miami Dolphins franchise's all-time leading rusher with 6,737 yards and 53 touchdowns. In his last year with the Dolphins in 1979, Csonka also won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award.
Csonka was inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987. Csonka is also currently one of three former Miami Dolphins to have his jersey number retired. In November 2013, Csonka was recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of "Hometown Hall of Famers," a national program honoring the hometown roots of the sport's greatest coaches, players, and contributors with special ceremonies and plaque dedication events in local communities.