Marino was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 15, 1961.
He grew up in a working-class neighborhood near Pitt Stadium,
so it was only natural that he would attend Pittsburgh after his
All-American high school football career.
Dan was an
outstanding quarterback for Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh,
where he won Parade All-American honors. Because of his great
passing ability, he was coveted by most of the top football programs
in the country. He was also drafted by baseball's Kansas City
Royals, but opted to attend the University of Pittsburgh.
over the starting quarterback job somewhere in the middle of his
freshman season. He developed into an outstanding college quarterback
over the next couple years, and in his junior year he threw 37
touchdown passes and was selected as an All-American.
a disappointing senior season in which Marino saw his NFL value
slip considerably, the Miami Dolphins selected Dan with the 27th
overall pick in the 1983 draft. He was the fifth quarterback selected
in that draft class.
October 9, 1983, Dan Marino made his first start in the NFL a
success by throwing three touchdown passes and completing 19 of
29 passes for 322 yards. Unfortunately, the Dolphins lost in overtime
to the Buffalo Bills.
In his first
professional season, Marino threw for 2,210 yards and 20 touchdowns.
He was named NFL Rookie of the Year and he was also the first
rookie to start at quarterback in the Pro Bowl.
In 1984, Dan
Marino really burst into the forefront of the NFL. It took him
just eight games to beat Bob Griese's single-season team record
for touchdown passes, and nine weeks to top Griese's record for
most passing yards in one season.
off an incredible season by setting the single-season NFL records
for touchdown passes (48), completions (362), and yards (5,084).
The only thing that could have made this dream season better would
have been a Super Bowl victory, but unfortunately for Marino and
the rest of the Dolphins, they were beaten in the Super Bowl by
the San Francisco 49ers.
12th, 1995, Marino broke the NFL record for career passing yards
when he eclipsed Fran Tarkenton's mark of 47,003. On November
26th, Dan broke Tarkenton's record for most career touchdown passes
by throwing number 343 against the Indianapolis Colts.
became the only quarterback to top the 60,000 yard passing mark.
He also became the only quarterback to toss more than 400 touchdown
passes. He has thrown more pass attempts and more completions
than anyone else in the history of the game.