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Former NFL Player Who Swam Nine Miles To Safety Says He Was Circled By A Shark

Rob Konrad, a former fullback for the Miami Dolphins, gave a news conference today after being released from the hospital.

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For reference, nine miles is the equivalent of 158.4 football fields.

On Monday, Konrad held a news conference to discuss his incredible swim to safety.

Konrad said he was thrown into the water without a life vest when his boat took an hit by an "unusually large wave hit." The former fullback was in the water for a total of 16 hours, and said he was attacked by a variety of sea life while in the ocean. He told reporters he was "circled by a shark as the sun went down." By the time Konrad reached shore sometime around 4 a.m., he was too weak to walk. Then, he was able to contact the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Rob Konrad’s boat was eventually found off of — I’m not joking here — Dead Man’s Reef in Grand Bahama Island. That’s just chilling stuff.

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Rob Konrad’s boat was eventually found off of — I’m not joking here — Dead Man’s Reef in Grand Bahama Island. That’s just chilling stuff.

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Konrad played six seasons in the NFL, retiring in 2004. He was most recently listed at 6'3", 255 pounds.

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