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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Ryan Tannehill getting lessons from Dan MarinoThe Phinsider, October 30th
Dan Marino. The name still lingers over the Miami Dolphins franchise, even 15 years after the Hall of Fame quarterback retired from the NFL. Now, Marino himself is actually hanging around the franchise, hired earlier this year to be a "Dolphins special ...Read more
Dolphins' Ryan Tannehill working with Hall of Famer Dan MarinoSI.com, October 30th
The Dolphins hired Marino as a special assistant to owner Stephen Ross in August, and Tannehill said they have watch film together a few times. "Dan has been great," Tannehill said following practice Wednesday, which Marino attended. "He has been ...Read more
Dolphins' Ryan Tannehill happy to be picking up tips from Dan MarinoThe National, October 30th
Dan Marino has lately been passing along advice, and Ryan Tannehill is happy to be the receiver. Tannehill says he has been getting helpful tips at the Miami Dolphins' complex from Marino, who was hired in August as a special adviser to team owner ...Read more
Dan Marino tutoring Ryan TannehillNBCSports.com, October 29th
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is getting some tutoring from the greatest quarterback in franchise history. Tannehill said today that Dan Marino has been studying film with him, giving him pointers and generally acting as a sounding board. “Dan...Read more
Dan Marino advising Ryan Tannehill in team meetingsNFL.com, October 29th
Dan Marino was brought in as an advisor to the Miami Dolphins in August, although it hasn't been clear exactly what his role is with the organization. On Wednesday, we learned he was helping with a little film study...Read more
Miami Dolphins practice report: Dan Marino 'a great resource,' Ryan Tannehill saysPalm Beach Post (blog), October 29th
A bit of light is shining on Dan Marino's role as an advisor with the Miami Dolphins. Not surprisingly, Marino has spent time with Ryan Tannehill, talking quarterback talk and offering tips and advice to Miami's third-year passer. “Dan's been great...Read more
Remember When: Dan Marino's fake spike fools Jets in 1994CBSSports.com, October 17th
So tens of thousands of fans stood screaming at Giants Stadium, trying to outroar Dan Marino's throaty commands to his Dolphins. The fans, the pass rush, it was all the same to Marino, as he stared at Mark Ingram and barked, "Clock! Clock! Clock!"...Read more
NFL legend Dan Marino, business partner open 6th NJ restaurantThe Star-Ledger, October 7th
LIVINGSTON — NFL great Dan Marino has traded in the pigskin for pizza sauce. The former Miami Dolphin and Hall of Fame quarterback was in Livingston last night to celebrate the opening of the sixth New Jersey Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza location...Read more