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Did ex-NFL player swim 9 miles to safety? Well, well find out soon

(CNN) -- A former Miami Dolphins player may be living up to his team’s aquatic name.

Rob Konrad, 38, who played for the team until a decade ago, apparently fell off a boat while fishing and survived by swimming 9 miles, according to the NFL website.

Swimming that distance is open water is no easy feat—especially when the current is not helping. According to CNN meteorologist Chad Myers, depending on how far out into the Gulf Stream Konrad was, he would have swum west, across the water’s south-to-north current. The current could have been up to 4 miles per hour.

Details about his arduous Atlantic Ocean adventure are unclear—he’ll provide more information at a news conference Monday in Plantation, Florida.

But if true, it’s an epic feat.

His assistant dropped him off about 10 Wednesday morning at a dock in Boca Raton, where his fishing boat was, said Petty Officer Mark Barney, a Coast Guard spokesman.

Konrad was supposed to have dinner with his friend. When he didn’t show up, his friend called the Coast Guard.

“We launched a helicopter to search for him, and we were about to launch a plane when the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office called to say they had him,” Barney said.

The call came in shortly before 5 a.m. Thursday, he said.

“The odds were stacked against him, he was out there alone and had no way of signaling anyone. The waters were pretty cold, we had a cold front that night,” Barney said. “But it’s amazing what people can do in a life-or-death situation.”

The former NFL player was hospitalized for hypothermia.

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