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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