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Football Hall of Famer Larry Csonka returns to Northeast Ohio
Fullback for the perfect-season 1972 Dolphins is honored today at Stow-Munroe Falls High School with a plaque from the Hall of Fame
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Larry "Country Boy" Csonka was greeted today by old friends and classmates, along with hundreds of students at Stow-Munroe High School
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Stow native -- and Pro Football Hall of Fame fullback -- Larry Csonka is being honored today by his alma mater, Stow-Munroe Falls High School.

The five-time Pro Bowler is now a Hometown Hall of Famer, which is part of a program set up to honor enshrinees with a plaque at their high school. 

Csonka was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton in 1987, and he was also there as a teenager for the groundbreaking in 1962.

Football Hall of Famer Larry Csonka returns to Northeast Ohio

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Larry Csonka's speech to students

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"And there was Pete Rozelle and many of the NFL owners and some of the NFL greats.  People like Red Grange.  Bronko Nagurski, my personal hero.  If you check my library records, you'll find that I filed seven book reports, seven years in a row, on Bronko Nagurski." 

Csonka played six seasons with the Miami Dolphins, and was part of the 1972 team that is the only one in NFL history to have a perfect season.  He is one of just two people who attended the Hall of Fame groundbreaking before being enshrined.  The other is Canton native, Dan Dierdorf.

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