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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His seventh four-touchdown game broke a record held by Dan Marino (1984) and the 2004 version of Manning. The Broncos are averaging 39.6 points per game. They need to total just 75 over the final three games to break the 2007 Patriots' record of 589 ...Read more
Jets' defense made Dolphins' Ryan Tannehill look like Dan MarinoNewsday, December 1st
Was that Ryan Tannehill or Dan Marino playing for the Dolphins Sunday? No one would mistake Tannehill for the Hall of Famer, but the Miami quarterback put up Marino-esque numbers in a 23-3 victory over the Jets at MetLife Stadium. Tannehill completed ...Read more
Jimmy Johnson: Cowboys will win NFC East; Dan Marino: They won't go far in ...Dallas Morning News (blog), November 28th
Jimmy Johnson on the Fox pre-game show: “ You heard it here first: “The Cowboys will win the NFC East. But for Cowboys fans to be happy they gotta have success in the playoffs.” Dan Marino on the CBS post-game show: “I have serious doubts when (the ...Read more
Seattle Seahawks: Russell Wilson on Pace to Break Dan Marino's Record in 2013Rant Sports, November 20th
There may not be an easier guy to cheer for in the NFL today than Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, The second-year pro is more than just a great quarterback. He's not only a multi-dimensional offensive threat, but one of the league's...Read more
Dan Marino discusses Dolphins Code of Conduct CommitteeThe Phinsider, November 18th
Last week, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross announced the creation of a committee designed to establish a new code of conduct for the team. Included on that committee is Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino, who was asked about the committee on ...Read more
Will Tony Dungy and Dan Marino be more than Miami Dolphins shills after ...New York Daily News, November 16th
Do Tony Dungy (NBC) and Dan Marino (CBS) work for their respective networks or Stephen Ross? Are the two voices more responsible for serving viewers of their pregame shows or the Miami Dolphins organization? Ross made these questions legit by ...Read more
Dan Marino on M&M: 'It's tough for anyone to make judgment' on Dolphins situationWEEI.com, November 12th
Dan Marino. Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino joined Mut & Merloni on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito drama surrounding the Dolphins, as well as the performance of Tom Brady this season. The accusations of hazing ...Read more
Love-Child Daddy Dan Marino to "Restore Respect" to DolphinsMiami New Times (blog), November 12th
These men include Don Shula, who lives on the ultra-exclusive and sometimes anti-Semitic Indian Creek Village, and none other than Dan Marino, CBS stalwart and the father of a love baby. These are the men who will restore the dignity to the organization?...Read more