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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The Bucs could only watch as John Elway, Todd Blackledge, Jim Kelly, Tony Eason, Ken O'Brien and Dan Marino all came off the board. Tampa Bay's pick in the draft proved to be #18, which the Bears used on WR Willie Gault. Elway, Blackledge, Kelly and ...Read more
PHOTOS — Dan Marino Honored by Don Shula at Yearly Miami Heat Charity ...Gossip Extra, March 29th
There was Miami Dolphins legend Dan Marino getting honored with a sports legend award by his old coach, Don Shula. Heat great Alonzo Mourning was spotted spending some time with double NBA champion coach Erik Spoelstra, who looked relaxed with ...Read more
Dan Marino's jersey is retired by the Miami Heat (Photo)FanSided, March 16th
the team honors the great players that they've had by retiring their jerseys. One of the jerseys retired by the Heat wasn't even a player who played for the Heat. The Miami Heat have the jersey of Miami Dolphins and NFL great Dan Marino retired...Read more
Gossip Extra: Dan Marino flipping real estate on the slyMiamiHerald.com (blog), March 9th
Miami Dolphins legend Dan Marino has been busy investing in the real estate market for the past year — and he's been trying to keep his hobby quiet! In order to do his land wheeling and dealing on the sly, Marino and his wife Claire created an...Read more
Dan Marino Secretly Working to Become a REAL ESTATE MOGUL!Eyes On News, March 7th
By Jose Lambiet, GossipExtra.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, May 7, 2015 – FORT LAUDERDALE — Miami Dolphins legend Dan Marino has been as busy as a little bee investing in the real estate market for the past year — and he tried to keep his hobby ...Read more
EXCLUSIVE — Dan Marino Secretly Working to Become a REAL ESTATE ...Gossip Extra, March 6th
FORT LAUDERDALE — Miami Dolphins legend Dan Marino has been as busy as a little bee investing in the real estate market for the past year — and he tried to keep his hobby quiet! But nobody can squeeze through Gossip Extra's real estate dragnet ...Read more
Scott Mitchell: The Weight of ExpectationsThe MMQB, March 5th
For Mitchell, seven starts in place of an injured Dan Marino in Miami earned him a three-year, $11 million contract with Detroit—star money in those days—and matching expectations. More than two decades later, Mitchell is still bugged by the...Read more
Dan Marino to buy Auberge condo on Fort Lauderdale beachSun Sentinel, March 3rd
Dan Marino to buy Auberge condo on Fort Lauderdale beach. Dan Marino, Hall of Fame quarterback and empty nester to be, is buying a place on Fort Lauderdale beach. Dan Marino, Hall of Fame quarterback and empty nester to be, is buying a place on Fort ...Read more