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    A battle-scarred and blood-stained rookie-era workhorse!

    1969 Larry Csonka Game Worn & Signed Miami Dolphins Jersey--Photo Matched! The Miami Dolphins expended their first pick in the 1968 American Football League draft to claim this thundering rusher, making Csonka the eighth player and the first running back selected that year. Though his rookie campaign was an uneven affair punctuated by a pair of concussions that threatened an early end to his professional football career, Csonka was taught a new running style by legendary coach Don Shula and would go on to become the most effective and durable running back in the rogue league. At six-foot three and 235 pounds, Csonka was one of the largest rushers of his day, paving the way for such fellow immortals as Earl Campbell and Jerome Bettis in favoring brute force over elusivity.

    The offered aqua durene gamer ably tells the story of this punishing back, sporting wounds both team-repaired and unmended. One such scar at upper right chest provides for the photo match mentioned in our lot title, a youthful posed image that pictures the garment midway through its service to the Hall of Famer. Massive game wear is apparent in every inch of fabric, and we can even spot some blood staining on left sleeve.

    The number "39," now retired for eternity from the Dolphins' wardrobe, is applied at chest, back and sleeves in white-on-orange tackle twill, and "Csonka" stands in 2.75" white block lettering across rear nameplate. "Wilson" label at lower left front tail bears stamped "48" size designator. Crotchpiece is cut, a very common alteration at a time when last year's gamers were repurposed for practice use.

    Please note: While there is no question that this jersey was indeed used by Csonka, PSA/DNA deemed the signatures on the jersey to be "inauthentic," and we believe it was probably scribed by someone in the Dolphins locker room. Unquestionably the finest Csonka exemplar to appear on the hobby's auction block. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Photo match.


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