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Dan Marino

Marino preparing for 2005 ESPN interview
No. 13
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1961-09-15) September 15, 1961 (age 55)
Place of birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school: Pittsburgh (PA) Central Catholic
College: Pittsburgh
NFL Draft: 1983 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
Career history

Miami Dolphins (1983–1999)

Career highlights and awards

9× Pro Bowl (1983–1987, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995)
3× First-team All-Pro (1984–1986)
4× Second-team All-Pro (1983, 1992, 1994, 1995)
NFL Most Valuable Player (1984)
NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1984)
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (1998)
NFL Comeback Player of the Year (1994)
2× AFC Player of the Year (1984, 1994)
NFL Rookie of the Year (1983)
5× NFL passing yards leader (1984–1986, 1988, 1992)
3× NFL passing touchdowns leader (1984–1986)
Miami Dolphins No. 13 retired
Pittsburgh Panthers No. 13 retired

Career NFL statistics
Pass attempts: 8,358
Pass completions: 4,967
Percentage: 59.4
TD–INT: 420–252
Passing yards: 61,361
Passer rating: 86.4
Player stats at NFL.com

I think I'm going to be around awhile.
We were talking about how old quarterbacks can't throw before 10 am… Practice starts too early for us. Wake me up in the middle of the night and I can throw. I can throw anytime.
Dan Marino
Obviously I'm not 21 anymore, but I think I can still throw with anybody.
Dan Marino
We're not running the ball again until we get ahead. Shula was calling the plays, but I told them, 'I don't care what he calls. We're throwing every pass from now until we get the lead.' To Shula's credit, he always gave me that option.
Dan Marino
There is no defense against a perfect pass. I can throw the perfect pass.
You can do more, you can always do more.
Sometimes, I wish we were all amateurs again. I'd play for nothing. Ab-so-lute-ly free. But that's not the system.
Dan Marino
I've been a Dolphin for 17 years, and I'll be a Dolphin for the rest of my life. That will never change.
Dan Marino
I don't need to be motivated by anybody. Never have.
My father always taught me to appreciate what you're fortunate to have and give back to those who need it. No part of our society is more important than the children, especially the ones who need our help.
Dan Marino
As a team, you need to come from behind every once in awhile just to do it. Good for the attitude. It makes it exciting. And when everybody knows you have to throw it… that makes it fun too.
Dan Marino
I have always said that I want to finish my career with the Dolphins and this put me closer to that goal. I have been fortunate to break many personal records, but my overiding goal is to win a Super Bowl here in Miami.
Dan Marino
I think it's more and more important to spend time with your children, because it seems to be harder and harder for them to succeed as their parents have succeeded.
Dan Marino
You need to feel that the game is important to you. Lose that feeling and you lose your edge. There's no faking that kind of emotion. You can't invent the feeling. It's got to be natural, real.
Dan Marino
We've been blessed with four beautiful children. Michael, he doesn't have much of a problem anymore. He is high functional, probably because of early intervention.
Dan Marino
I think positive. I always think we're going to score. Two minutes is a lot of time if you have timeouts and you're throwing every down. You have to make the right decisions. I've always had great receivers, which helps. It's not just me doing it.
Dan Marino
If you ask any great player or great quarterback, there's a certain inner confidence that you're as good as anybody. But you can't say who is the absolute best. To be considered is special in itself.
Dan Marino
I'm getting married because I'm in love with a girl and want to spend my life with her. You can't live your life doing what other people want you to or you'll be miserable. At some point you just have to be yourself.
Dan Marino
I think I have a passion for playing the game. I love to play, and I want to play at a high level. You have to do the right things in order to continue at that level.
Dan Marino
I look at it this way. I'm not putting age limits on what I can do. As long as I can do the job to help the team win and feel like I'm playing at a high level, which I feel I can do for a long while, I'm going to play no matter what my age is.
Dan Marino
I try to play my game and that's being emotional because I'm that kind of guy.
Dan Marino
I know I've got to just keep throwing the ball. That's what I do best.
Dan Marino
It's real nice and exciting for me to break the records, but it's more exciting for me to be on a winning team.
Dan Marino
Sure, the home-field is an advantage - but so is having a lot of talent.
My parents would always say, 'It doesnt' matter if it's a guy picking up the garbage or the President of the United States, treat everybody as you would want to be treated.
Dan Marino
I just try to be myself, whatever that is. I don't think about how I'll be remembered. I just want to be consistent over a long period of time. That's what the great players do.
Dan Marino
It's nice to feel the fans are behind you. You shouldn't concern yourself with things like that – but it does matter.
Dan Marino
I throw better than anybody in college and I can throw with anybody in the pros. There, that's what I think.
Dan Marino
I want to know what it's like to play in a Super Bowl and win one. My career will be great without it. But, personally, selfishly, I want to know what it feels like.
Dan Marino