Dan Marino one of NFL’s greatest all time quarterbacks. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 15, 1961 Daniel Constantine Marino, Jr was born. Marino grew up in a blue collar neighborhood, with his parents and two sisters. He attended Pittsburgh’s Central Catholic High School. Although an exceptional all around athlete Marino was drafted in 1978 to play baseball for the Kansas City Royals but decided to stay close to his home and attend the University Of Pittsburgh. While playing for the Pittsburgh Panthers Marino set career records for attempts and completions, yardage and touchdowns.
Dan was the Miami Dolphins number on pick in the NFL draft. In his first year with the Dolphins Marino threw 20 touchdown passes and won rookie of the year award. In his first year he became the first rookie quarterback to start in the Pro Bowl. Dan began shattering records for the Dolphins, although a superbowl ring was never accomplished Marino still holds many records for pass completion and many more.
In 1985 Dan married Claire and together they have 6 children. In 1987, Dan passed for over 3000 yards and 26 touchdowns. He is named to the Pro Bowl for the fifth straight season. Not only a great football player Dan’s passion for Golf wins him the AT&T Pebble Beach National ProAm Championship along with golf pro Dan Pohl.
While suffering many injuries Dan’s desire to win a Super Bowl ring was never accomplished but his accomplishments went far and beyond. Dan became the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for over 60,000 career yards, over 8300 attempts and over 4000 completions. Marino finished his career with 49 Dolphin team records and 24 NFL regular season records. Dan Marino retires in early 2000 and leaves the NFL as a legend of the game.
Dan Marino is enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 7. During his ceremony his eldest son Daniel gives an insightful introduction. Dan completes his last pass as a pro to retired Miami teammate Mark Clayton.
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