Larry Csonka and his Miami Dolphins teammate Manny Fernandez once caught a live alligator and hid it in Don Shula’s shower … and the story is nuts!!
The Dolphins legendary running back was remembering Shula on a Zoom call with reporters when he explained how he pulled off one of the most DANGEROUS pranks ever!!
It all started during a fishing trip in Florida with Manny — a stud defensive end — the day after an exhibition game.
Csonka says they saw alligators on the beach and Manny said he could catch one.
That’s when Manny — a MANIAC — jumped out of the boat and caught a 3-foot gator with his bare hands!!
“It was like something in a movie. There was tumbling and screaming and growling and pretty soon Manny Fernandez came walking out of the bushes with a baby alligator!”
“Walked over and threw it in the boat. I jumped out of the boat!”
Larry says the guys threw the gator into his car and brought it back to the team practice facility the next day … “and then we had the great idea of putting it in his shower.”
Larry says the players took a vote on whether to tape the gator’s mouth shut — and it passed by ONE VOTE!
How’d it go over with the Coach???
“The great thing about Shula … on a thing like the alligator, he had a good sense of humor and he appreciated that and he had a good laugh about it.”