Marino preparing for 2005 ESPN interview
|Date of birth:||September 15, 1961|
|Place of birth:||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||228 lb (103 kg)|
|High school:||Pittsburgh (PA) Central Catholic|
|NFL Draft:||1983 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27|
|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|
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.
Obviously I'm not 21 anymore, but I think I can still throw with anybody.
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.
Sometimes, I wish we were all amateurs again. I'd play for nothing. Ab-so-lute-ly free. But that's not the system.
I've been a Dolphin for 17 years, and I'll be a Dolphin for the rest of my life. That will never change.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I try to play my game and that's being emotional because I'm that kind of guy.
I know I've got to just keep throwing the ball. That's what I do best.
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.