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Dan Marino - Retired As Great Passer, Great Humanitarian

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Great Humanitarian Retired as Great Passer

Though Marino never made it to a Super Bowl again after 1984, he continued to stack up the records. In 1999, Marino became the first quarterback to reach 60,000 yards. The year, however, was a tough one for Marino as a pinched neck nerve forced him to sit out five starts. The season ended with a devastating 62-7 playoff loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on January 15, 2000. Following the playoffs, the Dolphins released Marino, and several NFL teams courted him. In the end, Marino decided to retire. Going somewhere else just didn't feel right.

Career Statistics

Passing Rushing
Yr Team ATT COM YDS COM% TD INT SK RAT ATT YDS TD
Miami: Miami Dolphins.
1983 Miami 296 173 2210 58.4 20 6 10 96.0 28 45 2
1984 Miami 564 362 5084 64.2 48 17 13 108.9 28 -7 0
1985 Miami 567 336 4137 59.3 30 21 18 84.1 26 -24 0
1986 Miami 623 378 4746 60.7 44 23 17 92.5 12 -3 0
1987 Miami 444 263 3245 59.2 26 13 9 89.2 12 -5 1
1988 Miami 606 354 4434 58.4 28 23 6 80.8 20 -17 0
1989 Miami 550 308 3997 56.0 24 22 10 76.9 14 -7 2
1990 Miami 531 306 3563 57.6 21 11 15 82.6 16 29 0
1991 Miami 549 318 3970 57.9 25 13 27 85.8 27 32 1
1992 Miami 554 330 4116 59.6 24 16 28 85.1 20 66 0
1993 Miami 150 91 1218 60.7 8 3 7 95.9 9 -4 1
1994 Miami 615 385 4453 62.6 30 17 18 89.2 22 -6 1
1995 Miami 482 309 3668 64.1 24 15 22 90.8 11 14 0
1996 Miami 373 221 2795 59.2 17 9 18 87.8 11 -3 0
1997 Miami 548 319 3780 58.2 16 11 20 80.7 18 -14 0
1998 Miami 537 310 3497 57.7 23 15 23 80.0 21 -3 1
1999 Miami 369 204 2448 55.3 12 17 9 67.4 6 -6 0
TOTAL 8358 4967 61361 59.4 420 252 270 86.4 301 87 9

Though Marino's records stand out, there is one hole in his resume: he never got to play on a Super Bowl-winning team, although he retired holding twenty-five NFL regular-season records. Marino, however, says that doesn't matter. As he told the New York Post, "I was extremely happy with my career.… I wouldn't trade 17 years with the Dolphins, my experiences and what I did as far as consistency and taking pride in my job for a Super Bowl and having the opportunity to play in one city and play as long as I did."

Marino will be remembered not only as a great passer but also as a great humanitarian. The Miami Children's Hospital Dan Marino Center was built with help from Marino. Each month, the center serves 2,000 children from Florida and across the world. More than seventy medical professionals, from speech pathologists to neurologists, work there. Marino helped found the center—a one-stop shop for children with medical needs—after his son, Michael, was diagnosed with autism. Marino was frustrated with having to travel all over the place to see specialists to get proper care. Marino has thus left a legacy on paper-the record books-and a legacy of brick and mortar-the center-that is daily changing lives.

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