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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The Miami Dolphins haven't found success on the field since Dan Marino was on the sidelines. That was 14 seasons ago. Since that time the Dolphins have started quarterbacks that are simply too numerous to count. Sure there has been some minor ...Read more
Which current QB would Dan Marino pick to start a franchise with?Yahoo Sports (blog), September 4th
WAYNE, N.J. – Dan Marino knows a thing or two about franchise quarterbacks, having been one himself. And Marino didn't hesitate when asked who his franchise quarterback would be in today's NFL...Read more
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27, 1994, Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino embarrassed New York with a play that was not only crazy, but also creative. With his team down 24-21 late in the fourth quarter (after trailing 24-6 late in the third quarter), Marino was driving Miami down...Read more
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
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Following months of discussions regarding a role in Miami's front office, Marino has accepted a position with the Dolphins as a special adviser. [+] Enlarge Dan Marino. Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino has been named ...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