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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Top rookie seasons of the Super Bowl era: QuarterbacksNFL.com, April 16th
Before the Cowboys took on the Steelers that year, legendary head coach Bill Parcells said Roethlisberger was the most impressive rookie quarterback since Dan Marino (the aforementioned Pittsburgh native) -- and that was only in Week 6. Bill Cowher and ...Read more
Marino threw plenty of interceptions in college, tooNBCSports.com, April 13th
Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune mentioned during Monday's PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio the struggles of former Pitt quarterback Dan Marino. So I looked up his college stats during the segment. As a junior, Marino threw 37 touchdown passes and 23 ...Read more
NFL superstar opens Marlboro restaurantAsbury Park Press, April 9th
specialty pizzas crisped in an 800-degree oven; coal-oven-roasted chicken wings; meatballs made from a family recipe; a classic Italian salad; and eggplant Marino, which the release said is a favorite of former NFL player and restaurant partner Dan...Read more
Dan Marino Foundation and Panera Bread Celebrate Autism Awareness ...MarketWatch, April 9th
PITTSBURGH, PA, Apr 09, 2015 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- The Dan Marino Foundation and Panera Bread have once again partnered to celebrate Autism Awareness Month. The Pieces of Hope shortbread Puzzle Piece cookie campaign will be hosted at ...Read more
Dan MarinoThe Bugle, April 6th
1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. 2 Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or ...Read more
Dan Marino coming to Pro Football Hall of Fame in AprilWKYC-TV, April 3rd
CANTON, Ohio -- Football great Dan Marino is coming to Canton later in April to kick off the new "Gold Jacket Great Days" series at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The former Miami Dolphin quarterback will be an honorary guest for the event's kick off...Read more
Dan Marino Foundation and Panera Bread to Celebrate the 5th Annual ...Marketwired (press release), March 31st
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwired - Mar 31, 2015) - The Dan Marino Foundation and Panera Bread will celebrate National Autism Awareness Month and score a "Touchdown for Autism!" This awareness and fundraising campaign will be hosted at ...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