Dan Marino is 62. So, happy birthday to him today. For the rest you, perhaps this news makes you feel old. Certainly, Marino goes down as one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks of all-time. That’s high praise considering society today demands a player have a championship on his resume to be considered great. In fairness, he got to one Super Bowl early in his career and lost. Many, himself including, thought he would get to more Super Bowls, but he never did. His Miami Dolphins almost always made the mix as a playoff team, but never got to the big game again.
Additionally, Marino’s story is incomplete without talking about two great receivers that supplemented Marino’s big arm: Mark Duper and Mark Clayton. So, you want to talk about a vertical offense! The Marino Dolphins said hold my beer! And, another remarkable storyline about Marino’s career involves the 1983 NFL draft. It’s loaded with future hall of famers and the first round included six quarterbacks. Marino became the last quarterback of the six to be drafted. Imagine that.
DAN MARINO QUIZ TIME:
- WHERE DID DAN MARINO GO TO COLLEGE? PITT
- DAN MARINO’S MIDDLE NAME? CONSTANTINE
- IN THE 1983 DRAFT 6 QB’S WERE DRAFTED IN THE FIRST ROUND. MARINO WAS THE LAST PICKED. WHO WAS THE FIRST THAT YEAR? JOHN ELWAY
- MARINO IS ONE OF THREE DOLPHINS TO HAVE HIS JERSEY RETIRED? WHO ARE THE OTHER 2? BOB GRIESE AND LARRY CSONKA
- WHO DID MARINO LOSE HIS ONLY SUPER BOWL (XIX) TO? 49ERS
- WHERE WAS THAT SB PLAYED? STANFORD STADIUM
- WHO FLIPPED THE COIN TOSS VIA SATELLITE? RONALD REAGAN FROM THE WHITE HOUSE
- MARINO WAS DRAFTED BY WHICH MLB TEAM IN THE 1979 AMATEUR DRAFT? ROYALS
- MARINO WAS THE FIRST PICK IN THE HISTORY OF THE USFL. BY WHO? LA EXPRESS
- IN MIAMI, MARINO STARTED AS THE BACKUP TO WHO? DAVID WOODLEY