Dan Marino, Jr. was the last quarterback picked in the first round of the 1983 draft—Hall of Famers John Elway and Jim Kelly were picked before him, as were Todd Blackledge, Tony Eason, and Ken O'Brien. But the Miami Dolphins knew a good arm when they saw one, which is why they snapped up the young University of Pittsburgh quarterback and gave Marino a home for 17 seasons.
In all that time, Marino never captured a Super Bowl victory. He only got to football’s biggest event once, and in that year, 1984, his team lost to the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XIX. The Dolphins made it to two more AFC Championship games during Marino's career, but never further.
What Marino lacked in championship rings he made up for in extraordinary career accomplishments. At the time of his retirement following the 1999 season, Marino was the leader in most passes attempted (8,358) or completed (4,967); he had thrown for 3,000 yards or greater in more seasons (13) than any of his peers; and his career 420 touchdown passes was untouchable.
Brett Favre eclipsed those records in 2006 and 2007, but Marino still holds the record for most passing yards gained in a single season (5,084 in 1984). He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005.
Collectible Dan Marino football memorabilia include his 1984 Topps rookie card. Other prized Marino keepsakes include autographed jerseys, footballs, and helmets. In recent years, limited-edition Donruss (now called Panini) cards with swatches of jersey fabric on them have been quite popular, especially those paired with jersey material from Marino and another famous Dolphins quarterback, Bob Griese.
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Madame Tussauds: Dan Marino meets wax figure headed for OrlandoOrlando Sentinel (blog), January 26th
Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino came face to face with the wax figure that will be seen in the new Madame Tussauds Orlando wax museum. The figure was revealed at Sun Life Stadium during the Dan Marino Foundation Walk About Autism ...Read more
Marino Meets His Madame Tussauds Orlando Wax FigureMiamiDolphins, January 24th
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino unveiled his wax figure for Madame Tussauds Orlando at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Fla. at the 5th Annual Dan Marino Foundation WalkAbout Autism & Expo on Jan. 24, 2015. The figure is now on the way to its ...Read more
Dan Marino wax statue unveiled for Tussauds Orlando museumFOXSports.com, January 24th
Legendary Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino now has a double of himself as in a wax replica statue that was officially unveiled Saturday at a news conference at Sun Life Stadium for the fifth annual Dan Marino Foundation WalkAbout Autism & Expo...Read more
Dan Marino added to I-Drive Madame Tussauds wax museumOrlando Business Journal, January 23rd
Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Dan Marino will be the nextcelebrity wax figure added to Madame Tussauds Orlando at I-Drive 360. "It was such a unique experience to work with the talented team at Madame Tussauds, I can't wait to see what they have ...Read more
Looking sharp: Miami Dolphins legend Dan Marino getting own wax statueFOXSports.com, January 22nd
Miami Dolphins fans can wax poetic about legendary quarterback Dan Marino. And starting soon, they'll be able to see a wax replica of the Hall of Famer. Marino's figure will be revealed during a news conference Saturday at Sun Life Stadium before...Read more
Brennan: Deflategate talk mostly hot airUSA TODAY, January 21st
Theismann went on to quote Dan Marino: "The last thing you're thinking about as a quarterback when you get to the line of scrimmage is, 'I wonder if this football is 2 PSI lighter?' " They came out of the woodwork, these legendary quarterbacks...Read more
Hall of Famer Marino backs Patriots' Brady in ball brouhahaYahoo Canada Sports, January 21st
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dan Marino liked to rough footballs up during his Hall of Fame career in order to gain a better grip but does not believe Tom Brady had anything to do with the New England Patriots' deflated balls flap. The NFL is investigating...Read more
Dan Marino: Deflated footballs could give quarterbacks an advantageSI.com, January 21st
H.S. Athlete of the Month. Leaders on the field, in the classroom and in communities. Expand Header. MMQB: One ref's remarkable comeback Dan Marino: Deflated footballs could give quarterbacks an advantage ...Read more