The fullback position usually requires people to be big, strong and imposing figures on the football field for their offenses. They need to be able to run, to block, to catch, and if you decide to take a page out of an old Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon, they need to be able to throw a football (and sometimes a flying squirrel) down the field for several touchdown passes. Alley-oop indeed.
But swimming has never been part of a fullback's job description, nor is it for any other position in the NFL, unless you count defensive line players who have to be able to use swim moves in order to rush the passer. Unfortunately for former Miami Dolphins fullback Rob Konrad, he not only needed to be able to swim, he needed to swim for nine miles straight.
According to a United States Coast Guard Officer, Konrad was out fishing in the Atlantic Ocean by himself when he fell off of his 36-foot boat - which then proceeded to go off without him as it was on cruise control. Nine hours later, Konrad was found on shore at about 4:40 A.M. EST after he contacted the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
To say that this was an incredible feat would be an understatement. Swimming in the ocean is not as easy as swimming in perfectly still waters, and there are creatures in the sea that might have wanted to make Konrad a snack. But instead he made it safely to shore. As for his fishing boat? That remains to be seen. The 38 year old survivor may have retired in 2005, but if he can pull off a feat like this, maybe he could be coaxed into coming back and providing some much-needed physicality to the team?
Or not. It's just a wild idea. Still, we as Dolphins fans (and hopefully as human beings) are all glad he's ok. Kudos to you Rob Konrad for staying in shape well-past your football career ended. Next time though, phone a friend and get someone to go fishing with you so they can turn your boat around.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater
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