by Larry Csonka
Narrated by Phil Thron
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Pub Date 15 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 29 Nov 2022
In Head On, Csonka shares how they achieved their legendary Perfect Season. From quitting football at a young age, to his often-combative relationship with Coach Don Shula, to brazen exploits with his NFL pals, Csonka narrates a life that is colorful, unbridled, and thrilling.
Csonka found himself hanging out with Burt Reynolds, Dick Butkus, Lee Majors, Joe Namath, and Elvis Presley during his football years. But his moments outside the spotlight reveal the most about this larger-than-life figure—raising critters and a little hell in his formative years on an Ohio dirt farm, early run-ins with the law, confronting thieves with a sawed-off shotgun, taking sniper fire on a USO tour of Vietnam, and being adrift at night on the Bering Sea with gale-force winds raging.
Csonka's Head On is a captivating account of grit, grace, and gumption told by an iconic Hall of Famer who continues to gain ground—figuratively, literally, and unapologetically—every day.
“Head On is a fascinating story of a rough-and-tumble Ohio farm boy who beat the odds to become an NFL Hall of Famer.” —Tom Coughlin, two-time Super Bowl Champion coach
“When Larry Csonka asked me to blurb his book, I immediately said yes, because I’m a fan, and also because he is a large individual who could easily stomp me into pudding. But then I read his highly entertaining book, and I genuinely enjoyed discovering the funny, sharp and—yes—sensitive guy beneath the badass exterior of one of the toughest running backs ever.” —Dave Barry, Pulitzer Prize–winning author and humorist
“My dad, Archie Manning, and Larry Csonka cut their football teeth in the same era and even had the same agent. I’ve seen my dad’s old film, but missed out on Zonk’s legendary career. I’ve heard some of his tales, though, straight from the horse’s mouth when I interviewed him for ‘Who Killed the Fullback.’ But Head On still blew me away.” —Peyton Manning, Pro Football Hall of Fame NFL quarterback