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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Dolfan runs into Dan Marino, says, 'We deserve better than mediocre'Palm Beach Post (blog), October 2nd
Just spent the final few hours of Friday evening in Piccadilly, learning about what the world thinks about our issues … and how at least for some now in London, everything comes back to wondering what the heck the deal is with the Miami Dolphins...Read more
'Laces out, Dan!': Prince Harry plays catch with MarinoWCVB Boston, October 2nd
That's exactly what happened Thursday in Ludlow, England, when Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino joined Prince Harry for the Walking With The Wounded trek. The former Miami Dolphins great is in Britain serving as an NFL ambassador for the league's ...Read more
'Laces out, Dan!': Prince Harry plays some (American) football with Dan MarinoToday.com, October 1st
Prince Harry got to toss a football — the American kind — with Dan Marino, and he dropped the most perfect pop culture reference to the Miami Dolphins legend while doing it. Image: Prince Harry Joins Walking With The Wounded's Walk Of Britain ...Read more
Fire Joe Philbin and Make Dan Marino Head Coach of the DolphinsMiami New Times, September 30th
So bear with us here: If Stephen Ross fired Philbin midyear, an obvious, brilliant candidate in South Florida would be ready to take the job. Yes, Dan Marino should coach the rest of this Dolphins season. What the hell do any of us have to lose at this...Read more
Photo Gallery: Dedication of Dan Marino Field in Miami Gardens | Sept. 28, 2015Miami Herald, September 29th
Dan Marino, former quarterback for the Miami Dolphins, left, looks on as John "Footy" Kross, chief executive officer of Here's Help, speaks during a dedication ceremony for the new Dan Marino Field at the center's North Campus in Miami Gardens, Monday, ...Read more
Tom Brady Joins Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Dan Marino with 400 Career Pass TDsBleacher Report, September 27th
The 400 club now has a fourth member. With a one-yard pass to Danny Amendola in Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tom Brady joined Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Dan Marino as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for 400 ...Read more
Jim Kelly and Dan Marino have a long standing bet on Bills/Dolphins games.Scout, September 26th
On the field, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino had quite a rivalry during their respective careers. Off the field, the former quarterbacks of the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins were, and still are, the closest of friends. On Saturday night, Jim's wife Jill...Read more
Watch 1983 draft analysts blast Dolphins for selecting Dan MarinoPalm Beach Post (blog), September 6th
In honor of our 50 day countdown of the greatest all-time Dolphins — culminating today with No. 1 Dan Marino — here's a resurfaced gem from draft day 1983. This is a must-watch of some very-old school draft footage from when the Dolphins selected...Read more