Legendary National Football League running back Larry Csonka wants in the Hall of Fame. Not the NFL Hall of Fame — Csonka was inducted in Canton in 1987. Instead, the former Miami Dolphins star and the NFL are campaigning for his induction into the American Mustache Institute’s International Mustache Hall of Fame through a new promotional video seen here on NFL Now.

An endeavor of the American Mustache Institute and presented by CanYouHandlebar, the Mustache Hall of Fame opened its doors in 2015. Since then hundreds of thousands of men and women of facial hair across the globe have petitioned their mustaches and beards as worthy of joining the ranks of the enshrined — legends like Burt Reynolds, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Tom Selleck, President Theodore Roosevelt, Walter Cronkite and more.

“Candidacy is not to be taken lightly and induction is and immense honor,” noted Dr. Adam Paul Causgrove, AMI president and chief executive. “It’s about representing your people, living a lifestyle demonstrative of greatness that cannot even be fathomed by the barefaced mortal community.”

Each year on March 8 — the date of the late Mustached American President William Howard Taft’s passing — AMI’s Dept. of Nuclear Mustacheology, two voters from the German-based Bertelsmann Foundation, a representative of the British-based Science and Technology Policy Research Institute, CanYouHandlebar CEO Doug Geiger and NFL Hall of Fame voter and Sports Illustrated scribe Peter King gather to select the year’s new class. 

The announcement is typically made shortly thereafter — in 2017 it is planned for Tuesday, March 14 — and athletes like Csonka have been popular choices for enshrinement. The likes of Hulk Hogan, Rollie Fingers, Reggie Jackson, Pete Prefontaine and others are already enshrined in what has been called “the most hallowed Hall of Fame in the multiverse” by Dr. Stephen Hawking. Csonka has now made his case.

“Here’s a Hall of Fame I never knew existed and now I’m honored to be a part of it,” Csonka proclaimed with premature jocularity on his Twitter accountScreen Shot 2017-03-03 at 2.38.46 PM

Enshrinement into the Hall follows a secretive, deeply scientific process overseen through a partnership overseen by AMI.

“Does Csonka deserve enshrinement?” added Dr. Causgrove. “He is certainly a robust, top-level candidate who has lived a long life of sexually dynamic facial hair. Odds are strong. The global audience can only wait until March 14. You’re welcome.”

To learn more about the life and facial forestry unit of Csonka, visit his personal website.

  • dglagovsky

    Larry Csonka is NOT in the “NFL Hall of Fame”. He IS in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.