The 38-year-old Konradâ€™s escape was a testament to willpower and world-class athleticism.
â€œItâ€™s an incredible story,â€ the endurance swimmer Diana Nyad said. â€œTaking his life in his hands and deciding he was going to save himself.â€
Konrad, who played for the Miami Dolphins from 1999 to 2004, had been around boats since his childhood on Bostonâ€™s North Shore. So he knew what it meant when he fell off his 31-foot Grady-White while fishing alone nine miles from land.
â€œA boaterâ€™s nightmare,â€ he said.
He swam to Palm Beach, covering a distance of 27 miles before ringing the doorbell of an oceanfront home for help at 4:30 a.m. Thursday.
The details of his survival were hard to believe, he and his wife, Tammy Konrad, agreed.
â€œIt was a miracle he made it home,â€ she said.
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