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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Photos: Dan Marino, Jason Taylor on sideline of big Florida showdownMaxPreps (blog), August 29th
Like most, Dan Marino looks like he can't believe St. Thomas Aquinas sprinted to a 31-0 lead midway through the third quarter against American Heritage. The game is being played at Sun Life Stadium. Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino, recently hired...Read more
Joe Philbin, players happy for Dan MarinoESPN (blog), August 27th
DAVIE, Fla. -- Many of the current Miami Dolphins were children when quarterback Dan Marino dominated the football scene in South Florida. Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin was still working his way up the coaching ranks in the 1980s and 1990s. Marino ...Read more
Sports names: Usain Bolt, Dan MarinoSFGate, August 24th
Usain Bolt. The Jamaican sprint star has decided to end his injury-plagued season early, having competed in just three races in 2014. Organizers for Thursday's Diamond League meet in Zurich said Sunday that Bolt had withdrawn from the event's 100-meter ...Read more
Dan Marino returns to Miami Dolphins as special adviserNews 13 Orlando, August 24th
Marino was announced Sunday as a newly hired special adviser to Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, a move that has been expected for some time. Miami NBC affiliate WTVJ first reported that Marino would return to the team. Marino was briefly with the ...Read more
Dolphins hire Dan Marino to serve as special adviserCBS sports.com (blog), August 24th
Dan Marino has been hired to serve as a special advisor for the Dolphins. ( Dan Marino has been hired to serve as a special adviser for the Dolphins. (USATSI). The Dolphins are bringing back Dan Marino. The team announced Sunday that Marino has been ...Read more
Dan Marino becomes special advisor to Miami DolphinsPalm Beach Post, August 24th
Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino is returning to the Dolphins as a special advisor, the team announced Sunday. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said that Marino “will work with the organization in a variety of different capacities” but didn't specify his...Read more
Report Miami Dolphins to bring legendary QB Dan Marino back as adviserFOXSports.com, August 23rd
The Miami Dolphins will reportedly hire legendary quarterback Dan Marino in a special adviser role to owner Stephen Ross and CEO Tom Garfinkel, according to NBC 6. The news broke shortly after the team's 25-20 victory against the Dallas Cowboys on ...Read more
Armando Salguero: Dan Marino's role with Miami Dolphins is welcome but ...MiamiHerald.com, August 22nd
Dan Marino returned to the Dolphins practice fields this week and at age 52 looked like he still belonged. The former Miami quarterback didn't pick up a football but instead spent time talking with general manager Dennis Hickey, who is about to make ...Read more