Former Dolphins FB Rob Konrad survives more than 9 hours in ocean

Konrad falls from fishing boat, swims 9 miles to shore

PALM BEACH, Fla. – Former Miami Dolphins fullback Rob Konrad survived a fall into the ocean off Palm Beach by swimming nine miles back to shore.

The U.S. Coast Guard told Local 10 News that Konrad was fishing alone Wednesday evening when he fell off his 36-foot boat.

Konrad, who played with the team from 1999-2004, remained in the Atlantic Ocean for 10 to 12 hours as he swam about nine miles back to safety, making it to shore about 4:40 a.m.

The former second-round draft pick came ashore near a home at 1800 S. Ocean Blvd. on Palm Beach.

Konrad, 38, was taken to Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach, where he was treated for hypothermia, dehydration, scratches and abrasions.

A Coast Guard spokesman said the boat was last seen headed in the direction of the Bahamas. Officials there said the boat was found Friday on the island of Grand Bahama.

In his six seasons with the Dolphins, Konrad rushed for 114 yards and one touchdown. He also caught 111 passes for 854 yards and six touchdowns.

As of Friday afternoon, Konrad remained in the hospital.