If there is anyone who knows anything about the Miami Dolphins and winning it would be former Miami Dolphins fullback Larry Csonka. Being part of the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins, Csonka is still the Dolphins all-time leading rusher with 6,737 rushing yards and 53 touchdowns. He has played and won in two Super Bowls and was a Super Bowl MVP with a 145 yard rushing performance.
On Sunday, September 19, 2021, Larry Csonka along with the rest of the Miami Dolphins faithful watched the Miami Dolphins get obliterated by a score of 35-0. The game basically became a highlight film for young offensive line students of the game to learn everything not to do in a football game. The Dolphins offensive line consistently missed assignments and blocks, which resulted in 6 sacks, 9 tackles for a loss, and 11 quarterback hits, with one that left starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa injured just 9 snaps into the game.
MIAMI DOLPHINS GREAT DIDN’T MINCE HIS WORDS
For Csonka and the rest of the Miami Dolphins fans, it was a painful game to watch. Csonka’s circus reference was to just how bad the Dolphins played in the game as a whole.
Larry Csonka played from 1968 to 1979 with most of his time with the Dolphins in the NFL, rushing for over 1,000 yards three different seasons as a fullback. If you have never seen any highlight films of Csonka, they are definitely worth a watch. Before Derrick Henry, there was Larry Csonka, who had one of the best stiff arms in the game at the time, running over defenders like a bowling ball knocking over bowling pins. At almost 6’4″ and weighing 237 pounds, Csonka was almost as big as Henry.
Since Sunday’s game, many fans have questioned the durability of Dolphins starting quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa since he left the game with a rib injury. But real students and fans of the games of Miami Dolphins football history already know about one of Csonka’s most serious injuries. As big and as tough of a man Larry Csonka was, during his rookie season he was knocked out of a game against, ironically the Buffalo Bills, with a concussion so bad that he spent two days in a hospital.
Later that same season, Csonka suffered another concussion along with a broken nose and ruptured eardrum. Thankfully, the Miami Dolphins fans and even the Dolphins coaches of 1968 didn’t give up on Larry Csonka after being injured twice his rookie season the way many fans of today’s generation have given up on Tua because of an injury just 12 games in his career. If they did, then that Super Bowl MVP performance by Larry Csonka would never have happened.
The Dolphins are scheduled to play the Raiders this week and hopefully, what was called a circus by a Dolphins legend will not become a traveling act when the team visits Las Vegas and improvements will have been made. Miami is at Las Vegas this Sunday, September 26.