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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Chargers.com, November 29th

Only Drew Brees (152 games), Dan Marino (153) and Peyton Manning (154) did so in fewer games, while Tom Brady (162) is fifth. “I didn't even know that about (being) fourth fastest,” Rivers said. “I'm very thankful. Just like any touchdown or anything...Read more

1985 Bears-Dolphins on Monday Night Football: A perfect season evaporated
Chicago Tribune, November 27th

"Dan Marino went into the Hall of Fame in 2005 and I was at an event in Jacksonville when the Super Bowl was there," Bears Hall of Fame defensive lineman Dan Hampton said. "They announce the Hall of Fame class and it's Dan Marino. I'm watching it with ...Read more

Aaron Rodgers fastest to 250 passing TDs, breaks Dan Marino's record
CBSSports.com, November 26th

With that touchdown, Rodgers broke an NFL record previously held by Dan Marino. Rodgers reached 250 passing touchdowns faster than any other quarterback ever. He did it in seven fewer games than Marino...Read more

Quotes Of The Day: Quarterback Dan Marino On Effort
Investor's Business Daily, November 25th

Dan Marino, NFL quarterback. Massenet On Brainstorms. What seems like a crazy idea today eventually grows. It's a "with hindsight" thing. One day, someone will turn around and say: "That was genius." Natalie Massenet, fashion entrepreneur. Markram On ...Read more

See what Dan Marino and Don Shula have to say about local hospitals
Palm Beach Post (blog), November 10th

Former Miami Dolphins Coach Don Shula and Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino star in a 30-second spot for HCA East Florida's hospitals, including JFK Medical Center in Atlantis. The hospital also has emergency rooms at Midtown-Palm Beach Gardens ...Read more

Dan Marino lending helping hand to Dan Campbell
Sun Sentinel (blog), November 6th

A couple times a week you can look on the sideline at a Dolphins practice and spot legendary quarterback Dan Marino, the Dolphins' special adviser to the president and CEO. On certain occasions interim coach Dan Campbell taps Marino for advice, and ...Read more

Pittsburgh football: Dan Marino to serve as honorary captain vs. Notre Dame
NCAA.com, November 5th

Dan Marino, who led the Panthers to three top-five finishes in a row between 1979-1981, will attend this Saturday's game against Notre Dame and serve as Pitt's honorary captain. #Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi announces that Dan Marino will be the Panthers' ...Read more

Dan Marino signs footballs for fans
Miami.com, November 3rd

A suited-up Dan Marino entered the so-called green room at Macy's Dadeland Mall Friday evening looking tanned, rested ... and rushed. He was running late. Couldn't find parking. He's just like the rest of us. Didn't even have time to complete his outfit...Read more