Daniel Constantine Marino Dan (nicknamed " Dan The Man" ) ( born September 15, 1961 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American former American football player at the position of quarterback. He played from 1983 to 1999 for the Miami Dolphins in the National Football League ( NFL). Marino held at end of his career a lot of the main passport records of the NFL, but could never win a Super Bowl. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005.
Marino played from 1979 to 1982 college football at the University of Pittsburgh and led the Pittsburgh Panthers in the 1981 season in the Sugar Bowl to a triumph over the Georgia Bulldogs. However, in his last season he could, neither the Heisman Trophy still win the national championship differently than expected. His team lost the Cotton Bowl against Southern Methodist University (SMU ). Because of its less successful in cutting off his last year of college and knee problems Marino fell in the 1983 NFL Draft far back and was only selected as the penultimate player in the first round by the Miami Dolphins. He then played 17 years for the Dolphins, most of whom are under Head Coach Don Shula.
In the 1984 season, he led the Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX, which they lost 38:16 against the San Francisco 49ers and their quarterback Joe Montana. In addition, Miami reached under his leadership, the division title of the AFC East in 1983, 1984, 1985, 1992 and 1994. With Marino at quarterback, the Dolphins were a reliable candidate for the play-offs, they, with the exception of the years 1986-1989 always reached. Three times they reached the AFC Championship Game, which they won only in 1984, however, but lost in 1985 and 1992. Marino won the first away play-off game of the Dolphins for over 20 years in his final season in 1999 against the Seattle Seahawks. Despite all the success he never could take the Vince Lombardi Trophy for winning the Super Bowl in reception because his team was never good enough for it to all positions. Either no good running game or no strong defense.
During his NFL career, Marino was one of the best quarterbacks. He was known for his ability to throw the ball very shortly after the snap and very fast. However, he was not a good runner. He had the time of his career end most Comebacks (36 ) in the last quarter of the game in the history of the NFL, ahead of John Elway (35). His best year was 1984, when he threw passes for 5,084 yards and 48 touchdowns. He led the Dolphins for the second time in three years in the Super Bowl, but lost this.
He held long career records for yards thrown ( 61,361 ) and complete passes ( 4,967 ) and various other passport records. On 30 September 2007, he lost the records for touchdown passes ( 420) and pass attempts ( 8,358 ) and 16 December 2007, in addition the record for most yards thrown to Brett Favre. His held since 1984 record for most yards thrown in a single season ( 5084 ) he lost on December 26, 2011, Drew Brees. He was given the title The NFL 's Most Prolific Passer (about: the most productive pass thrower of the NFL ). Throughout his career, Marino was elected nine times to the Pro Bowl.
Dan Marino is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the National Football League 1980s All- Decade Team. In 1984 he received the Bert Bell Award and the 1994 NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award, and the 1998 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
After his professional time
In 1994 he played himself in the American comedy Ace Ventura - Pet Detective. There he has reached with his team, the Miami Dolphins, the Super Bowl, but lost, and brags about his AFC championship ring.
In 2000, Marino had a cameo appearance in the movie Little Nicky - Satan Junior Adam Sandler, in which he would sell his soul to the devil to win the Super Bowl only once. Likewise, he had in 2003 in Bad Boys II a brief appearance during a test drive. Again, he played himself
In early 2004 came shortly Marino as Senior Vice President of Football Operations for the Dolphins back, but came only three weeks after the extra zip created post for family reasons back.