1976 Topps LARRY CSONKA

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The card is in Near Mint to Mint condition.

     Larry Csonka had just rejoined the NFL after a year in the World Football League. Instead of going back to the Miami Dolphins, he signed with the Giants.

After three seasons, Csonka’s contract was up, and he returned to Miami the next year. He ran for over 800 yards, his best since their Super Bowl days, and rushed for a career-high 12 TDs. Csonka won Comeback Player of the Year for his 1979 season. On that high note, and unable to come to terms with the Dolphins on a new contract, he retired after the year was over.

“Zonk” was a hero in Miami, however. In his first go-round, Csonka ran for 41 scores and 5,900 yards in seven campaigns. The last five of those, he was named to the Pro Bowl team.

The Dolphins had one of professional football’s best rushing attacks in the early 1970s. They led the NFL in rushing in 1971 and 1972, setting a new rushing record in 1972 at 2,960 yards. Csonka’s 1,117 yards that season combined with Mercury Morris contributing exactly 1,000 yards made them the first 1,000 yard rushing duo in NFL history. That rushing attack led the Dolphins to Super Bowls VI, VII, and VIII, with victories in the last two.

Csonka’s powerful running style set the tone for the ball-control Dolphins. He chose to run through defenders instead of around them, leading to three straight 1,000-yard seasons (1971–1973) and two seasons (1971–1972) in which he averaged more than 5 yards per carry, amazing for a fullback. His 5.4 yards per carry average in 1971 led the NFL.