Happy 50th Birthday to former NFL Quarterback Dan Marino. Born in Pittsburgh, PA back in 1961, Marino attended the University of Pittsburgh and started all 4 years for the Pitt Panthers. Upon graduating in 1983, Marino was selected 27th overall by the Miami Dolphins. The ’83 draft would prove to be a QB heavy draft as 2 other future Hall of Famers were also selected in the 1st round, Jim Kelly and John Elway.
In his first season, Marino would not be named the starter for the Dolphins until week 6, but Marino would end the season as the starting quarterback for the AFC in the Pro Bowl. In his sophomore campaign, Marino would set the single season record for passing yards at 5,084 (a record he still holds today). Over the course of his seventeen career seasons (all with the Dolphins), Marino would break 34 NFL records, many of which he still holds on to. Over his career, Marino threw for 61,361 total yards and 420 TDs. He was voted as the league’s MVP and offensive player of the year in 1984, and be selected to the NFL Pro Bowl 9 times. The only blemish on Marino’s record is his lack of Super Bowl rings. Despite not winning a Super Bowl, his exemplary play over his career earned him the #25 slot on NFL.com’s All-time Top Player ranking in 2009. Since retiring, his #13 jersey has been retired by the Dolphins. Happy 50th Dan!