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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Miami Dolphins paying Ryan Tannehill to be the next Dan MarinoLos Angeles Times, May 19th
That deal makes Tannehill the organization's first true franchise quarterback since Dan Marino. It also comes with expectations of the same level of greatness as the Hall of Famer, who led Miami from 1983 to 1999. The Dolphins reached the playoffs in...Read more
Marino Sees Promise In ParkerThe Finsiders (blog), May 16th
In the history of the Miami Dolphins, there have been few men more associated to this franchise than Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino. A quarterback of Marino's caliber ascended to his level of play with the help of a variety of talented receivers...Read more
Log InRegisterCBS Local, May 13th
In the aftermath of Deflategate, Tony Egues, the former longtime Miami Dolphins Equipment Manager, joined 560 WQAM's Joe Rose Show to discuss his relationship with Hall-of-Fame quarterback Dan Marino and whether it was customary to alter his ...Read more
Jason Licht Sees Tom Brady, Dan Marino in Jameis WinstonThe Pewter Plank, May 8th
People love making comparisons. Some are on the favorable. Others are downright ridiculous. While discussing Jameis Winston with Pewter Report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht made a comparison which most likely fits within the ...Read more
How Dan Marino helped a Weston sock company become a mini business schoolSouth Florida Business Journal, May 7th
Weston-based startup Zing Sock Club is much more than a sock-of-the-month subscription service. The company, which counts legendary former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino as an ambassador, is working to help young adults with developmental ...Read more
32 Years Ago The Miami Dolphins Selected Dan MarinoPhinPhanatic, April 29th
It's been 32 years since Miami Dolphins Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino sat where this weekends incoming rookies will sit. Next to a phone waiting to find out if they are getting drafted and by whom. The 1983 draft class was littered with quarterbacks...Read more
Marino a Hit at Gold Jacket Great DaysPro Football Hall of Fame, April 27th
Gold Jacket Dan Marino participated in the Pro Football Hall of Fame's first-ever Gold Jacket Great Days series. Upon arrival, Marino was greeted by a group of fans. The sold out event included two photo op and autograph sessions with a chalk talk...Read more
Dan Marino wouldn't trade his Hall of Fame jacket for a Super Bowl ringPalm Beach Post (blog), April 24th
Dan Marino might have gone down as the greatest quarterback of all-time if he had won a Super Bowl with the Dolphins. But Marino — who is at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio today to kick off the new “Gold Jacket Great Days” series...Read more