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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Troy Tulowitzki doesn't want to be baseball's Dan MarinoUSA TODAY, July 23rd
Troy Tulowitzki was a big Miami Dolphins fan and idolized quarterback Dan Marino as a kid despite growing up across the country in Sunnyvale, Calif. All these years later, the Colorado Rockies shortstop fears he might become baseball's version of...Read more
Videos: Peyton Manning prefers Dan Marino and Kevin Durant over Tyra Banks ...Westword (blog), July 17th
PM was named Best NFL Player and honored for Best Record-Setting Performance, and in accepting the latter, he said receiving the bauble from Miami Dolphins legend Dan Marino and Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant topped the moment when he ...Read more
Peyton Manning accepts ESPY for Best Record-Breaking Performance from ...FanSided (blog), July 16th
awesome moment with some of the best athletes in history on the same stage at the same time as Peyton Manning was presented with the award for Best Record-Breaking Performance by NFL Hall of Famer Dan Marino and current NBA star Kevin Durant...Read more
Candlestick Park closes with Joe Montana Legends beating Marino 45-40The Phinsider, July 13th
In an unfortunately not-televised event, Dan Marino lost to Joe Montana in Candlestick Park over the weekend. The "Legends of Candlestick" flag football game was the final football game to be held at the home of the San Francisco 49ers. Starting this...Read more
It's Montana vs. Marino again in less than super fashionSFGate, July 11th
The 49ers red-clad all-stars - who also include Steve Young, Dwight Clark, Charles Haley and Ronnie Lott among others - will be taking on a team of former NFL greats that includes Dan Marino, Tim Brown, James Lofton and Rod Woodson, to name a few...Read more
Jets' top plays: Marino's fake spikeESPN (blog), July 7th
With 22 seconds remaining in a critical AFC East game, Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino fired an 8-yard touchdown pass to Mark Ingram for the go-ahead score -- but this was no routine touchdown. Marino used a sleight of hand to trick the Jets. Behind ...Read more
Joe Montana, Jerry Rice to play final football game at Candlestick ParkCBSSports.com, July 6th
Hall of Famer Joe Montana will lead a "Legends of Candlestick" team in a flag football game against Dan Marino and his "All-Star" team on July 12. Former 49ers running back Roger Craig says the game is a "big deal." "This is like the gladiators...Read more
Passing Time – a new wine from Damon Huard and Dan MarinoKOMO News, July 2nd
Word came through in May of a new wine venture from Damon Huard and Dan Marino called Passing Time. Making Washington wine is the goal for a Husky quarterback who led the Dawgs to some great seasons and a Hall of Fame quarterback who led the ...Read more