Marino, Dan

Marino, Dan

(Daniel Constantine Marino, Jr.) (mərē`nō), 1961–, American football player, b. Pittsburgh. After starring as an All-American quarterback at the Univ. of Pittsburgh, he joined (1983) the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League and was the NFL Rookie of the Year. In the 1984–85 season, when he passed for 5,084 yards (a record that was not surpassed until 2011), he was the league's most valuable player. One of the game's most proficient passers, the durable Marino, who played his entire career with the Dolphins, broke (1995) the lifetime records held by Fran TarkentonTarkenton, Fran
(Francis Asbury Tarkenton), 1940–, American football player, b. Richmond. One of football's greatest passing quarterbacks, he established lifetime records (all surpassed by Dan Marino in 1995) for most completions (3,686), most yards gained passing
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 for total passing yardage, completions, and touchdown passes. (Brett FavreFavre, Brett
(Brett Lorenzo Favre) , 1969–, American football player, b. Gulfport, Miss. As starting quarterback at the Univ. of Southern Mississippi he led the team to two bowl games and 29 wins.
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 surpassed Marino's marks more than a decade later.) Despite his excellence as a quarterback, Marino never led Miami to a Super Bowl championship. He retired in 2000 and since has worked as a sportscaster.
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He had 400 yards last time out against the Jets and joins Dan Marino, Dan Fouts, Phil Simms and the immortal Billy Volek in the club.