Ex-Dolphins player falls in ocean, survives by swimming 9 miles to land

Rob Konrad can play football and swim. (Getty)
Rob Konrad has quite a fish tale to tell. (Getty Images)

Former Miami Dolphins fullback Rob Konrad might be the closest thing to an actual Dolphin that the team has ever employed.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, Konrad fell into the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday and only survived because he was able to swim nine miles to shore. The Coast Guard told WPTV in West Palm Beach, Fla., that Konrad was picked up at 4:40 a.m. on Thursday and taken to the hospital to be treated for hypothermia.

Konrad had been fishing by himself when he fell in the ocean. According to the Coast Guard, Konrad's boat was on cruise control when he went overboard, so the boat continued on its predetermined route.

Friends became concerned about Konrad's well-being when he didn't return home by dinner time.

The Coast Guard estimates that Konrad was in the ocean for about nine hours.

The former Dolphins fullback was a second-round pick in the 1999 NFL Draft and spent five seasons in Miami. Konrad signed with Oakland before the 2005 season, but retired before the season started.

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