Dan Marino

Daniel Constantine Marino Jr. (born September 15, 1961) is a former American football quarterback who played seventeen seasons for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). After a successful college career at Pittsburgh and being named First-team All-American in 1981, Marino was the last quarterback taken in the first round of the quarterback class of 1983. Marino held or currently holds dozens of NFL records associated with the quarterback position, and despite never being on a Super Bowl-winning team, he is recognized as one of the greatest quarterbacks, and generally considered to be among the best pure passers in American football history.

Best remembered for his quick release and powerful arm, Marino helped the Dolphins become consistent postseason contenders, leading them to the playoffs ten times and one Super Bowl appearance in XIX, although a title victory ultimately eluded him during his career. Marino is considered by many to be one of the greatest players to never win a Super Bowl[1][2][3][4] and has the most career victories of quarterbacks to not win a title at 155 (147–93 in regular season and 8–10 in playoffs).

A nine-time Pro Bowl selection, eight-time first or second team All-Pro, and All-AFC six times, Marino was voted NFL Rookie of the Year by several media outlets. The following season in 1984, Marino was the NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP), when he set single season records of 5,084 passing yards, 48 touchdown passes, nine 300-yard passing games, and four 400-yard passing games. He was voted the 1994 NFL Comeback Player of the Year, and the 1998 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. At the time of his retirement, Marino held more than 40 NFL single season and career passing records (many of which have since been surpassed), including career passing attempts (8,358), completions (4,967), passing yards (61,361), and touchdown passes (420). Marino was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005 in his first year of eligibility, and is currently one of only three former Miami Dolphins to have his jersey number (no. 13) retired.

Dan Marino
Color head-and-shoulders shot of Marino, in jacket and tie, wearing broadcaster's headset.
Marino preparing for 2005 ESPN interview
No. 13
Personal information
Born:September 15, 1961 (age 57)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school:Central Catholic
(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
NFL Draft:1983 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Pass attempts:8,358
Pass completions:4,967
Passing yards:61,361
Passer rating:86.4
Player stats at NFL.com

Early years

Marino was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, of Italian and Polish ancestry. He is the eldest child of Daniel and Veronica (Kolczynski) Marino, and has two younger sisters, Cindi and Debbie.[5][6] His father delivered newspapers for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.[5] Marino grew up on Parkview Avenue[7] in the South Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, and attended St. Regis Catholic Elementary School. He attended Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, where he started in baseball, and won Parade All-American honors in football. He was drafted in the 4th round by the Kansas City Royals in the 1979 amateur draft, but decided to play college football instead.[8]

College career

University of Pittsburgh freshman (1979)

Marino attended the University of Pittsburgh, and played for the university's Pittsburgh Panthers football team from 1979 to 1982. As a freshman in 1979, Marino led the Panthers in a 24–17 triumph over West Virginia in the Backyard Brawl and a 29−14 win over longtime rival Penn State. Pitt's 1980 Marino-led team finished No. 2 in the season ending rankings (The New York Times computer poll rated Pitt as No. 1). Following the 1981 regular season, Marino led the Panthers, who had been ranked No. 1 most of the season, to a last-minute triumph over the No. 7 Georgia Bulldogs in the 1982 Sugar Bowl by throwing a game-winning pass to tight end John Brown with less than a minute remaining in the game. Marino later cited this as the most memorable pass he'd thrown in his college career.[9] Overall, during the three seasons from 1979 thru 1981, Pitt garnered 33 wins with only 3 losses (three straight 11–1 seasons) and was constantly ranked in the Top 5 of both major media polls. The Pitt football team's fortunes and Marinos's statistics dipped during his senior year, which saw the team transition from head coach Jackie Sherrill to new coach Foge Fazio, culminating in a 7–3 loss in the 1983 Cotton Bowl Classic to Southern Methodist University and their "Pony Express" of Eric Dickerson and Craig James. Marino finished ninth in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1982, after finishing fourth the previous year.[10] Marino finished his four college seasons with 7,905 passing yards and 74 touchdowns, with 64 interceptions.

NFL Draft

Marino's selection status in the 1983 NFL Draft plummeted after his weaker senior season at Pitt,[11] and rumors of recreational drug use.[12] Five other quarterbacks—Ken O'Brien, Tony Eason, Todd Blackledge, and Hall of Famers Jim Kelly and John Elway—were drafted ahead of him in the first round. Bill Hillgrove, who was with the Marino family on draft day, later recalled that when the New York Jets selected O'Brien, Marino "became visibly ill". (O'Brien, who played for Division II Cal-Davis, was so obscure that Marino later asked his agent Marvin Demoff "Who is Ken O'Brien?") The Miami Dolphins chose Marino as the 27th pick in the first round. Opinion was divided on the wisdom of the team's decision; Chris Berman said that the Dolphins' head coach Don Shula was "the best", but Paul Zimmerman was skeptical of the coaching staff's ability to help Marino "overcome the problems he's had". Shula later said that being passed up by so many teams "motivated [Marino] to show everybody else what a mistake that they had made."[11]

Professional career

Early years and Super Bowl appearance

Marino was the first draft pick in the history of the United States Football League, selected by the Los Angeles Express.[10] He did not sign with the team, choosing instead to sign with the Dolphins. After starting the season as a backup to incumbent starter David Woodley, Marino was given his first NFL start in Week 6 versus the Buffalo Bills. Marino and Miami lost that game 38–35 in overtime. As a rookie, Marino set several records: he posted a 96.0 passer rating, he was selected to the Pro Bowl as a rookie, he had the lowest percentage of passes intercepted with 2.03, he was the only rookie quarterback to lead a conference in passing, and he had the highest passing completion percentage with 58.45.[13][14] The Dolphins finished the season with a 12-4 record and advanced to the AFC divisional playoffs, where Marino threw two touchdown passes in his playoff debut. However, he also threw two interceptions as the team lost to the 9-7 Seattle Seahawks, 27-20.[15]

In his second season, Marino broke six NFL full-season passing records, including the records for most touchdown passes (48, surpassed by Peyton Manning in 2004) and most passing yards (5,084, surpassed by Drew Brees in 2011), and was selected as the NFL's Most Valuable Player. The Dolphins finished with a 14–2 regular season record, clinching home-field advantage for the playoffs. In the Divisional round, the Dolphins avenged their playoff loss of the previous season to Seattle Seahawks 31–10 behind Marino's 262 passing yards and 3 touchdowns.[16][17] The next week the Dolphins defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game 45–28.[18] In that game, Marino set AFC Championship Game records with 421 passing yards and 4 touchdowns. Both records still stand as of 2019.

Marino HOF jersey
Dan Marino jersey shown at Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio

In Super Bowl XIX, Marino and the Dolphins faced off against San Francisco 49ers and Joe Montana in Palo Alto, California. The Dolphins, who had 74 rushing attempts in the previous two weeks, ran the ball only eight times in this game. Marino finished with 29 completions out of 50 attempts for 318 yards, throwing one touchdown pass and two interceptions. The Dolphins lost 38–16 in what was Marino's only Super Bowl appearance.[16][19]

In 1985, Marino threw for 4,137 yards and 30 touchdowns while leading the Dolphins to the AFC Championship game.[20] On September 29, Marino threw for 390 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Dolphins' 30–26 victory over the Denver Broncos, in the first matchup between Marino and Broncos quarterback John Elway.[21] Then on December 2, Marino threw for 270 yards and 3 touchdowns against the vaunted Chicago Bears defense in a 38–24 victory.[22] The loss was the only one that the Bears experienced that season. Marino led the league in yards and touchdown passes and was named first team All-Pro in 1985.[23][24]

On September 7, 1986, 8 days shy of his 25th birthday, Marino threw his 100th touchdown pass in a 50–28 loss at San Diego. Marino accomplished that feat in just 44 games- the fastest in NFL history. In that 1986 season Marino threw for 4,746 yards and 44 touchdowns.[25] Marino became the first QB in NFL history to record three consecutive seasons of 30 or more touchdown passes; 48 in 1984, 30 in 1985 and 44 in 1986. Marino again led the league in yards and touchdown passes and was named 1986 first team All-Pro.


In 1988, Marino threw for 4,434 yards and 28 touchdowns. As a result of his 4,434 yards passing, Marino became the first QB in NFL history to throw for 4,000 or more yards in four different seasons. Marino had been tied with Dan Fouts for the most 4,000 yard passing seasons with three.

In 1992, Marino again led the Dolphins to the AFC Championship game while passing for 4,116 and 24 touchdowns. His 4,116 passing yards led the entire NFL and marked the fifth time in his NFL career that he led the league in passing yards.

In 1993, Miami was strongly favored at the start of the year to make it back to the AFC championship game and possibly the Super Bowl. However, after throwing a swing pass at a game in Cleveland, Marino, who was untouched on the play, crumpled to the ground in pain with a torn Achilles tendon and was out for the season. Marino later said, "I felt like I got kicked".[26] Backup quarterback Scott Mitchell had an impressive series of starts before suffering an injury of his own. Steve DeBerg started the last 4 games of the season. Mitchell signed a free-agent contract with the Detroit Lions, and Miami signed veteran quarterback Bernie Kosar from the Dallas Cowboys as a backup. Wearing a special shoe on one foot, and having a right calf that was visibly atrophied, Marino was the starting quarterback at the opening of the 1994 season.

In the 1994 season opener, a home game versus the New England Patriots and quarterback Drew Bledsoe, the two quarterbacks put up a combined 894 yards (Marino, 473 yards; Bledsoe, 421 yards) and nine passing touchdowns (Marino, 5; Bledsoe, 4), with Miami winning 39–35. Later in the season, Marino led a comeback win on the road against the New York Jets (28–24), a game famous for Marino's execution of a fake spike for the winning touchdown pass, a play known as "The Clock Play". The Dolphins finished 10–6 that year, and Marino passed for 4,453 yards and was named the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year by the Pro Football Writers Association. After missing the postseason in 1993, Miami came back to the playoffs in 1994.[27] Placing third overall in the AFC, Miami was pitted against the Kansas City Chiefs in what became the final NFL game played by Montana.[28][29] Marino threw 257 yards and two touchdown passes, contributing to Miami's 27–17 win.[28] The Dolphins reached the AFC Divisional Playoff round, where they competed with the San Diego Chargers. Three touchdown passes by Marino in the first half allowed the Dolphins to lead 21–6, before the Chargers staged a comeback and took the lead toward the end of the fourth quarter. In the final moments of the game, Marino tried to set up a good position for a field goal, but with little time left at the Chargers' 30-yard line, Pete Stoyanovich was forced to attempt a 48-yard field goal. Stoyanovich missed, ending the game with a 22–21 loss for Miami.[30]

Marino started in 14 out of 16 games in the 1995 season. He suffered a hip injury in week 6 against the Indianapolis Colts and was replaced by Bernie Kosar in the following two games. Throughout the regular season, Marino threw 3,668 yards, which included 24 touchdowns. Despite falling to 9–7 and to third place in the AFC East, the Dolphins again advanced to the playoffs because they placed sixth in the AFC. In the wildcard round against the Buffalo Bills, Miami dominated in passing – with Marino passing 432 yards – while Buffalo was far ahead of Miami for rushing yards (341 yards). In terms of scoring, Buffalo held a wide lead throughout the game. The Dolphins remained scoreless until the fourth quarter, when they scored 22 points, which included two touchdown passes from Marino. However, Miami fell well short of a comeback and lost 37–22.

Final season and retirement

Marino's final win was his first playoff road win and his 36th comeback win, as the Dolphins defeated the Seattle Seahawks 20–17 on January 9, 2000 in the final football game ever in the Seattle Kingdome. In the next round (January 16), also on the road, Marino and the Dolphins lost 62–7 to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Dolphins' 55 point margin of loss was the worst in AFC Playoff history. Marino was replaced by backup Damon Huard after playing one series in the second half. However, he did end the first half on a high note, leading the Dolphins on an 80-yard scoring drive and throwing a 20-yard touchdown pass to receiver Oronde Gadsden with 20 seconds remaining. The Jacksonville game marked the end of Jimmy Johnson's coaching career; Johnson announced his retirement the next day.

Before the 2000 season, Marino decided to retire,[31] after declining offers from Minnesota, Tampa Bay and his hometown of Pittsburgh when the Dolphins declined his option on his contract. Marino later admitted that he seriously considered the offer from the Vikings, but that he turned it down not because of his arm, but because he was not sure that his legs could take another season. He also appreciated the fact that unlike many of his contemporaries, he got to play his entire career with one team.


During Marino's career, the Dolphins were perennial playoff contenders, reaching the postseason in 10 of his 17 seasons. He was selected to play in nine Pro Bowls (1983–1987, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995), seven times as a starter, but due to injuries he only played in two of the games (1984, 1992). He was named first- or second-team All-Pro eight times and earned All-AFC honors six times.[32] Marino won all three major individual awards: NFL MVP (1984); NFL Comeback Player of the Year (1994); and NFL Man of the Year (1998), which recognizes charitable work off the field.

In 1999, Marino was ranked 27th on The Sporting News list of the 100 greatest football players, making him the highest-ranking Dolphins player.[33] In 2010, he was ranked number 25 on the NFL's Top 100 Greatest Players list.[34] Marino was known for his quick release, and despite the fact that he was not skilled at scrambling, Marino possessed an uncanny awareness in the pocket, often sliding a step or two to avoid the pass rush.[35] Marino is currently fifth, behind Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and John Elway on the list of most wins by a starting quarterback and, with 155, the most of a quarterback not to win a Super Bowl.[36]

Life after football

On Sunday, September 17, 2000, at halftime of the Dolphins-Baltimore Ravens game at Pro Player Stadium, Dan Marino's jersey number of 13 was retired. The only other Dolphins jersey number retired at the time was Bob Griese's #12. Since then #39, Larry Csonka, has been retired as well. Marino joined the Dolphins Honor Roll the same day. In a year of accolades from the franchise he led for many years, the Dolphins also installed a life-size bronze statue of Marino at Pro Player Stadium (now Hard Rock Stadium) and renamed Stadium Street to Dan Marino Boulevard.[37]

In 2003, Marino was honored for his outstanding NCAA career at Pitt with an induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. In early 2004, Marino briefly returned to the Miami Dolphins as Senior Vice President of Football Operations, but resigned from the newly created position only three weeks later, saying that the role was not in the best interest of either his family or the Dolphin organization. Marino was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005, one of only four Dolphins to be elected in their first year of eligibility (Jim Langer, Paul Warfield, Jason Taylor). He was inducted into the Hall of Fame on August 7, 2005 and was introduced by his oldest son, Daniel. During his induction speech, Dan threw "one last pass" to former teammate Mark Clayton, who was sitting in the audience.

Marino was an analyst for CBS's Sunday pregame show The NFL Today, from 2002–2013. On February 18, 2014, it was announced that Marino, along with Shannon Sharpe were being relieved of their duties as on-air commentators on The NFL Today and were being replaced by Tony Gonzalez and Bart Scott.[38] He was formerly a studio analyst on HBO's Inside the NFL, from 2002–2007. On August 24, 2014, Marino announced he would return to the Dolphins as a special adviser.[39]

Life outside football

Ownership in NASCAR

Marino's #13 NASCAR racecar

In 1997, Marino became involved in a marketing role with Team Cheever of the Indy Racing League through FirstPlus Mortgage, the sponsor of the car. In 1998, Marino co-owned a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing team with driver Bill Elliott, creating Elliott-Marino Motorsports.[40] The team's car number was #13, Marino's uniform number, and had primary sponsorship from FirstPlus Mortgage, whose company colors, coincidentally, were turquoise, orange, and white – similar to aqua and coral, the team colors of the Miami Dolphins. The team chose rookie driver Jerry Nadeau to pilot the car at the start of the season; he was later released and the team went through a rotation of drivers. The team failed to qualify for several races, but did post a top-5 finish at Phoenix International Raceway late in the season with Ted Musgrave driving. The team only lasted the 1998 season and closed afterward.

Dan Marino Foundation

The Dan Marino Foundation was established in 1992 by Marino and his wife, Claire, after their son, Michael, was diagnosed with autism.[41] The foundation has distributed over $22 million to research, services, and treatment programs serving children with neurodevelopment disabilities. The Dan Marino Center, which opened in 1995 along with the Miami Children's Hospital, is an integrated neurodevelopmental center specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of children at risk for developmental and psychological problems. The center saw more than 48,000 children last year alone. Marino has teamed with other celebrities to raise awareness about autistic spectrum disorders, including fellow NFL quarterback Doug Flutie, whose son also has an autism diagnosis.

On November 7, 2005, the National Basketball Association's Miami Heat honored Marino's charitable works and recognized his service to South Florida with a halftime tribute, as well as a large donation to the Marino Foundation. Though a Heat jersey with his name and #13 was unveiled, this did not constitute retirement of his number by the Heat,[41] and was worn by Heat guard/forward Mike Miller as recently as the 2012/2013 NBA season.

On March 23, 2010, The Dan Marino Foundation held its first "Walk about Autism". Over 6000 walkers participated, as well as 420 volunteers provided by the Miami Dolphins Special Teams.

The money raised benefited several funds including the Autism Societies of Miami-Dade and Broward; the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities; the Florida Atlantic University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities; and the Dan Marino Foundation.

In popular culture

Marino acted in the 1994 comedy Ace Ventura: Pet Detective alongside Jim Carrey and Courteney Cox (he played himself) and made a cameo appearance in the Adam Sandler film Little Nicky wherein he asked Satan for a Super Bowl ring. In 1999, he voiced himself in a guest-starring role in The Simpsons Season ten episode "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday". Marino also had cameo roles in Holy Man and Bad Boys II. He worked as a project consultant on Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday, and some observers noticed a resemblance between him and Dennis Quaid's character, Jack Rooney.[42] Marino's actual house was used as the fictional quarterback's house in the film[43]

In 1995, Hootie and the Blowfish featured Marino in their music video for their single "Only Wanna Be with You."

Marino is currently featured in advertisement campaigns for Hooters, NutriSystem weight loss programs,[44] Maroone, Papa John's, Nutrasource.com and Empi Select (a TENS device).[45] Previously, Marino endorsed Isotoner gloves and FirstPlus Mortgage against whom he later filed suit due to contracts related to his racing team.[46]

In April 2012, Marino became the AARP's "Men's Life Ambassador", through which he planned to share his point of view and expertise on a variety of men's interests, including health, fitness, sports, lifestyle, entrepreneurship, aging and community service, primarily through the website.[47]

Personal life

In 1985, Marino married Claire D. Veazey (born c. 1962) of Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania at St. Regis Roman Catholic Church, across the street from the home of Marino's parents. The couple have six children together.[48]

Marino was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in broadcast journalism by his alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh, in 2005. He delivered the commencement speech at the university's 2008 graduation ceremony.[49]

In January 2013, Marino admitted to fathering a child with CBS employee Donna Savattere in 2005, a fact he had only shared with his wife. He had previously paid Savattere several million dollars to keep the news of their daughter from the public.[50]

NFL records

This list documents records set by Marino, some of which have since been tied or broken.[51][52]

Active records

  • Most seasons leading league, pass attempts: 5 (1984, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1997)
  • Most seasons leading league, completions: 6 (1984–1986, 1988, 1992, 1997)
  • Most seasons leading league, lowest sack percentage: 10 (1983–1989, 1994, 1997, 1999)
  • Most consecutive seasons leading league, lowest sack percentage: 7 (1983–1989)
  • Lowest sack percentage, season: 1.0% (1988)[53]
  • Lowest sack percentage, career: 3.1%[54]
  • 200 touchdown passes in fewest number of games to start career: 89 (September 17, 1989 at New England)
  • Monday Night Football, most passing yards: 9,654[55]
  • Monday Night Football, most completions: 798
  • Monday Night Football, most attempts: 1,303
  • Monday Night Football, most touchdown passes: 74
  • Monday Night Football, most wins as a starter: 20

Former records

  • Most yards passing, Season: 5,084, in 1984 (surpassed by Drew Brees in 2011 with 5,476; as of 2015 season, now sixth all-time)
  • Most fourth-quarter comeback wins, career (playoffs included): 36 (surpassed by Peyton Manning, 38, in 2012)
  • Lowest percentage, passes intercepted, rookie season: 2.03 in 1983 (296–6) (surpassed by Charlie Batch, Detroit, 1.98 in 1998 (303–6))
  • Most consecutive seasons, 3,000 or more yards passing: 9 (1984–92) (surpassed by Brett Favre in 2009 with 18) (1992–2009)
  • Most games, 300 or more yards passing, season: 9 in 1984 (surpassed by Drew Brees with 13 in 2011)
  • Most games, 300 or more yards passing, career: 63 (surpassed by Peyton Manning with 72 in 2012)
  • Most games, 400 or more yards passing, playoffs: 2 (surpassed by Drew Brees with 3 in 2012 playoffs)
  • Most touchdown passes, season: 48 in 1984 (surpassed by Peyton Manning (49) in 2004 and by Tom Brady (50) in 2007 and by Peyton Manning (55) in 2013).
  • Most consecutive games, four or more touchdown passes: 4 in 1984 (surpassed by Peyton Manning in 2004)
  • Most consecutive games, two or more touchdown passes: 12 (surpassed by Peyton Manning in 2004, Tom Brady in 2011, and Aaron Rodgers in 2011)
  • Most consecutive games with a touchdown pass, playoffs: 13 (surpassed by Brett Favre in 2004 and Tom Brady in 2007)
  • Highest passer rating, rookie season: 96.0 (surpassed by Ben Roethlisberger in 2004 and by Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III in 2012)
  • Most seasons, 3,000 or more yards passing: 13 (1984–92, 1994–95, 1997–98) (surpassed by Brett Favre in 2005)
  • Most completions, career: 4,967 (surpassed by Brett Favre in 2006 and Peyton Manning in 2012)
  • Most attempts, career: 8,358 (surpassed by Brett Favre in 2007)
  • 40,000 career passing yards in fewest number of games to start career: 153 (surpassed by Drew Brees with 152 games in 2011)[56]
  • Most yards passing, career: 61,361 (surpassed by Brett Favre in 2007, Peyton Manning in 2012, Drew Brees and Tom Brady in 2016)
  • Most touchdown passes, career: 420 (surpassed by Brett Favre in 2007, Peyton Manning in 2012, Drew Brees and Tom Brady in 2015)
  • Most consecutive home games with a touchdown pass: 39 (1983–1988; surpassed by Tom Brady in 2013)[57]
  • Most wins against one team: 24 against the Indianapolis Colts (surpassed by Brett Favre against the Detroit Lions in 2007)
  • Most games, three or more touchdown passes, career: 62 (surpassed by Brett Favre in 2007 and Peyton Manning in 2010)
  • Most wins in different stadiums: 31 (surpassed by Brett Favre in 2008)[58]
  • 50,000 career passing yards in fewest number of games to start career: 193 (surpassed by Peyton Manning in 2009)
  • Highest career TD-INT differential: +168 (surpassed by Peyton Manning in 2009)
  • Most games, four or more touchdown passes, career: 21 (surpassed by Brett Favre in 2009 and Peyton Manning in 2010)
  • Most regular season wins, quarterback/head coach: 116 with Don Shula (surpassed by Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in 2011)
  • Most straight games, at least 400 yards passing: 2 (surpassed by Ryan Fitzpatrick in 2018)

NFL records tied

  • Most games, 400 or more yards passing, season: 4 in 1984; tied by Peyton Manning in 2013[59] and Ryan Fitzpatrick in 2018
  • Most seasons, 40 or more touchdown passes: 2 (1984, 1986); tied by Drew Brees in 2012 and Peyton Manning in 2013
  • Most seasons leading league, yards gained: 5 (1984–1986, 1988, 1992); tied with Sonny Jurgensen (Philadelphia, 1961–1962; Washington, 1966–1967, 1969)
  • Most consecutive seasons leading league, completions: 3 (1984–1986); tied with George Blanda (Houston, 1963–1965)
  • Most games, four or more touchdown passes, season: 6 (1984); tied by Peyton Manning in 2004. Surpassed by Patrick Mahomes in 2018 (8)
  • 300 TD passes in fewest number of games to start career: 157 (9/4/1994 vs. New England); tied by Peyton Manning in 2007
  • 30,000 career passing yards in fewest number of games to start career: 114 (November 25, 1990 at Cleveland); tied by Kurt Warner, October 18, 2009

Other notable accomplishments

NFL career statistics

Regular season

General Passing Rushing
Season Team GP GS W–L Comp Att Pct Yds Y/A Y/G TD Int Rate Sck Att Yds Y/A Y/G TD Fum
1983 MIA 11 9 7–2 173 296 58.4 2,210 7.5 200.9 20 6 96.0 10 28 45 1.6 4.1 2 5
1984 MIA 16 16 14–2 362 564 64.2 5,084 9.0 317.8 48 17 108.9 13 28 –7 –0.3 –0.4 0 6
1985 MIA 16 16 12–4 336 567 59.3 4,137 7.3 258.6 30 21 84.1 18 26 –24 –0.9 –1.5 0 9
1986 MIA 16 16 8–8 378 623 60.7 4,746 7.6 296.6 44 23 92.5 17 12 –3 –0.3 –0.2 0 8
1987 MIA 12 12 7–5 263 444 59.2 3,245 7.3 270.4 26 13 89.2 9 12 –5 –0.4 –0.4 1 5
1988 MIA 16 16 6–10 354 606 58.4 4,434 7.3 277.1 28 23 80.8 6 20 –17 –0.9 –1.1 0 10
1989 MIA 16 16 8–8 308 550 56.0 3,997 7.3 249.8 24 22 76.9 10 14 –7 –0.5 –0.4 2 7
1990 MIA 16 16 12–4 306 531 57.6 3,563 6.7 222.7 21 11 82.6 15 16 29 1.8 1.8 0 3
1991 MIA 16 16 8–8 318 549 57.9 3,970 7.2 248.1 25 13 85.8 27 27 32 1.2 2.0 1 6
1992 MIA 16 16 11–5 330 554 59.6 4,116 7.4 257.3 24 16 85.1 28 20 66 3.3 4.1 0 5
1993 MIA 5 5 4–1 91 150 60.7 1,218 8.1 243.6 8 3 95.9 7 9 –4 –0.4 –0.8 1 4
1994 MIA 16 16 10–6 385 615 62.6 4,453 7.2 278.3 30 17 89.2 18 22 –6 –0.3 –0.4 1 9
1995 MIA 14 14 9–5 309 482 64.1 3,668 7.6 262.0 24 15 90.8 22 11 14 1.3 1.0 0 7
1996 MIA 13 13 7–6 221 373 59.2 2,795 7.5 215.0 17 9 87.8 18 11 –3 –0.3 –0.2 0 4
1997 MIA 16 16 9–7 319 548 58.2 3,780 6.9 236.3 16 11 80.7 20 18 –14 –0.8 –0.9 0 8
1998 MIA 16 16 10–6 310 537 57.7 3,497 6.5 218.6 23 15 80.0 23 21 –3 –0.1 –0.2 1 9
1999 MIA 11 11 5–6 204 369 55.3 2,448 6.6 222.5 12 17 67.4 9 6 –6 –1.0 –0.5 0 5
Career 242 240 147–93 4,967 8,358 59.4 61,361 7.3 253.6 420 252 86.4 270 301 87 0.3 0.4 9 110


General Passing Rushing
Season Team GP GS W–L Comp Att Pct Yds Y/A Y/G TD Int Rate Sck Att Yds Y/A Y/G TD Fum
1983 MIA 1 1 0–1 15 25 60.0 193 7.7 193.0 2 2 77.6 0
1984 MIA 3 3 2–1 71 116 61.2 1,001 8.6 333.7 8 5 94.1 4 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 1
1985 MIA 2 2 1–1 45 93 48.4 486 5.2 243.0 3 3 61.5 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 1
1990 MIA 2 2 1–1 42 78 53.2 544 6.9 272.0 5 2 85.6 2 5 –1 –0.2 –0.5 1 1
1992 MIA 2 2 1–1 39 74 52.7 435 5.9 217.5 4 2 77.3 4 1 –2 –2.0 –2.0 0 1
1994 MIA 2 2 1–1 46 67 68.7 519 7.7 259.5 5 0 116.4 2 2 4 2.0 2.0 0 1
1995 MIA 1 1 0–1 33 64 51.6 422 6.6 422.0 2 3 63.4 0 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0
1997 MIA 1 1 0–1 17 43 39.5 141 3.3 141.0 0 2 29.3 4 1 2 2.0 2.0 0 2
1998 MIA 2 2 1–1 49 71 59.0 478 6.7 239.0 1 3 74.7 2 1 –1 –1.0 –1.0 0 0
1999 MIA 2 2 1–1 28 55 50.9 291 5.3 145.5 2 2 63.5 3 2 –1 –0.5 –0.5 0 2
Career 18 18 8–10 385 687 56.0 4,510 6.6 250.6 32 24 77.1 22 15 1 0.1 0.1 1 9

Notable stats

  • Named NFL Most Valuable Player (1984)
  • Started 240 of 242 career games
  • Compiled a 147–93 regular season record as a starter (147 wins rank fifth most all-time)
  • First quarterback in NFL history to have six 4,000-yard seasons (1984–86, 1988, 1992, 1994)
  • First quarterback in NFL history to pass for 5,000 yards or more in a single season (5,084 in 1984)
  • Holds Dolphins team record for most seasons played (17)
  • Won the AFC Offensive Player of the Week honor 18 times in the regular season (20 times overall, including playoffs)

See also


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NFL career passing yards leader
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1983 Cotton Bowl Classic

The 1983 Cotton Bowl Classic was a postseason college football bowl game between the Pittsburgh Panthers and SMU Mustangs on January 1, 1983. It was played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.

The game featured SMU running back Eric Dickerson and Pittsburgh quarterback Dan Marino. Both were first round picks in the 1983 NFL Draft and are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Despite the two teams combining for 622 yards, only ten points were scored in the game as there were four turnovers, and the final one decided the game.

1984 Miami Dolphins season

The 1984 Miami Dolphins season was the team's 19th season, and 15th in the National Football League. It was also the 15th season with the team for head coach Don Shula. The Dolphins sought to build on a spectacular 1983 season where they went 12–4 with rookie quarterback Dan Marino, only to be upended by the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs.

The Dolphins won the 1984 AFC Championship, and appeared in Super Bowl XIX, where they lost to the San Francisco 49ers, 38–16. To date this is the last season the Dolphins appeared in the Super Bowl.Second year quarterback Dan Marino's passing ability became the focal point of Miami's offense and in 1984 he exploded to set league records with 5,084 passing yards and 48 touchdowns. Marino's touchdown record was broken by Peyton Manning twenty years later and the yardage record was broken by Drew Brees twenty-seven years later. The Dolphins attempted early on to make a run at a perfect season twelve years after pulling off the feat, as they won their first eleven games but were upended in overtime by the San Diego Chargers. The Dolphins scored more than 500 points for the first and to date only time in their history, as they scored 513 points and finished 14–2, their best record since the undefeated season.

The year began on a somber note, as running back David Overstreet was killed in a traffic collision in June. The Dolphins wore helmet decals with the number 20 (his jersey number) in his memory during this season.

1984 NFL season

The 1984 NFL season was the 65th regular season of the National Football League. The Colts relocated from Baltimore, Maryland to Indianapolis, Indiana before the season. The Colts new home field was the Hoosier Dome. The New York Jets moved their home games from Shea Stadium in New York City to Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The season ended with Super Bowl XIX when the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Miami Dolphins 38–16 at Stanford Stadium in California. This was the first Super Bowl televised by ABC, who entered into the annual championship game rotation with CBS and NBC. This game marked the second shortest distance between the Super Bowl host stadium (Stanford, California) and a Super Bowl team (San Francisco 49ers).The 49ers became the first team in NFL history to win 15 games in a regular season and to win 18 in an entire season (including the postseason). Additionally, two major offensive records were set this season, with quarterback Dan Marino establishing a new single-season passing yards record with 5,084 (later broken by Drew Brees and Tom Brady in 2011 and by Peyton Manning in 2013), and Eric Dickerson establishing a new single-season rushing yards record with 2,105.

Also during the season, San Diego Chargers wide receiver Charlie Joiner became the all-time leader in career receptions; he set that mark in a game between the Chargers and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium.

In a week 10 game against the Kansas City Chiefs the Seattle Seahawks set numerous NFL records for interception returns including most interception return yardage in a game and most interceptions returned for touchdowns in a game with 4 (all touchdowns over 50 yards in length). The Seahawks also tied an NFL record with 63 defensive takeaways on the season.

Salaries increased significantly over the past two seasons in the NFL, up nearly fifty percent; new Houston Oilers quarterback Warren Moon led the list at $1.1 million.

1986 Miami Dolphins season

The 1986 Miami Dolphins season was the team's 21st as a member of the National Football League (NFL). The Dolphins failed to improve upon their previous season's output of 12–4, winning only eight games. This was the first time in six seasons the team did not qualify for the playoffs. This was also the team's final season at the Orange Bowl before moving into their new stadium Joe Robbie Stadium the following season.

1986 New York Jets season

The 1986 New York Jets season was the 27th season for the team and the seventeenth in the National Football League. It began with the team trying to improve upon its 11–5 record from 1985 and return to the playoffs under head coach Joe Walton. The Jets finished the season with a record of 10–6, qualifying for the top Wild Card spot in the playoffs despite losing their last five games of the season. They defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card round, but lost to the Cleveland Browns in the divisional round. The loss to the Browns is infamous in Jets history. Leading 20–10 in the 4th quarter, the Jets collapsed when Mark Gastineau hammered Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar seconds after he released a pass; Gastineau was flagged for roughing the passer and the Browns rallied to force overtime and win early in the game's second overtime.

The Week 3 game against Miami was memorable as Ken O'Brien and Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino fought a wild shootout that culminated in the Jets winning 51–45 in overtime. Marino threw for 448 yards and six TD passes while O'Brien accumulated 479 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception for what would statistically be the best game of his career.

1988 Miami Dolphins season

The 1988 Miami Dolphins season was the team's 23rd as a member of the National Football League (NFL). The Dolphins failed to improve upon their previous season's output of 8–7, winning only six games and failing to reach the playoffs for the third straight season.

Even without future Pro Football Hall of Fame center Dwight Stephenson, who was forced to retire prior to this season due to injuries, the Dolphins offensive line set the record for fewest sacks in a single season with 7 during 1988, protecting quarterback Dan Marino. Marino was only sacked on 0.98% of his dropbacks in 1988, also a single-season NFL record.This would be the last time Don Shula recorded a losing record during his tenure as Dolphins coach, and in his coaching career overall.

1994 Miami Dolphins season

The 1994 Miami Dolphins season was the franchise's 29th season in the National Football League. On March 23, the NFL approved the transfer of majority interest in the club from the Robbie family to Wayne Huizenga.

1996 Miami Dolphins season

The 1996 Miami Dolphins season was the team's 31st as a member of the National Football League. The Dolphins failed to improve upon their previous season's output of 9–7, winning only eight games. The team failed to qualify for the postseason.

The Dolphins home field, previously known as Joe Robbie Stadium, was renamed on August 26 to Pro Player Park after naming rights were sold to Pro Player, an apparel brand by Fruit of the Loom.

However, in a rare move, the stadium was renamed again following the Dolphins’ opening contest at Pro Player Park. On September 10 before the Dolphins returned home in week 3, the stadium was renamed Pro Player Stadium, a name which would remain through the 2004 season.

1999 Miami Dolphins season

The 1999 Miami Dolphins season was the team's 34th campaign, and 30th in the National Football League. It was the final season for Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino. Although they made the second wild card spot with a 9–7 record, and managed to upset the Seattle Seahawks 20-17 in the Wild Card Game, they were humiliated and decimated by the Jacksonville Jaguars 7–62 in the Divisional round, the most lopsided playoff game of the Super Bowl era.

The Dolphins reached the midway point of the 1999 season with a 7–1 record, but in the second half of the year, the team struggled, finishing only 2–6, and backing their way into the playoffs with the AFC's last wild-card slot.

Clock Play

The Clock Play was a famous trick play in American football, immortalized in what came to be known as the Fake Spike Game, played on November 27, 1994. The contest was played by the National Football League (NFL)'s Miami Dolphins and New York Jets that featured one of the most famous comeback plays in league history. Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino ran a trick play, pretending to stop the game clock but instead threw a pass that scored the game-winning touchdown, ultimately giving Miami the 28–24 victory.

County Road 854

County Road 854 (CR 854), locally known as Ives Dairy Road, Dan Marino Boulevard, and Honey Hill Drive, is the unsigned designation for an east–west commuter road spanning 8.7 miles (14.0 km) across northern Miami-Dade County encompasses sections of North 199th Street, North 202nd Street, North 203rd Street, and North 205th Terrace. Its western terminus is an intersection with Red Road/Northwest 57th Avenue (SR 823) near Miami Lakes and Carol City; the eastern terminus is an intersection with Biscayne Boulevard (US 1/SR 5 in Aventura, a half block east of an overpass over West Dixie Highway that once served as part of the Dixie Highway and US 1.

Jim Langer

James John Langer (born May 16, 1948) is a former American football center who played for the National Football League's Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings. He is considered by some to be among the greatest NFL centers of all time. Langer was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1987.

He is one of only four Dolphins players to be elected to the Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility (Dan Marino, Paul Warfield, Jason Taylor).

List of AFC Championship Game broadcasters

The following is a list of the television and radio networks and announcers who have broadcast the American Football Conference Championship Game throughout the years. The years listed concentrate on the season instead of the calendar year that the game took place. The forerunner to the AFC Championship Game (prior to the 1970 AFL–NFL merger) was the AFL Championship Game.

List of Miami Dolphins starting quarterbacks

The Miami Dolphins are a professional American football team based in the Miami metropolitan area. They are members of the East Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). Lawyer Joe Robbie and actor Danny Thomas were granted enfranchisement on August 15, 1965, committing their team as the ninth member of the American Football League (AFL).The Dolphins have had 32 different starting quarterbacks (QB) in their franchise history; only George Mira and Tyler Thigpen have started only one game for the Dolphins. The Dolphins' first starting quarterback was Dick Wood during the first inaugural season game in 1966, against the Oakland Raiders; Wood however was replaced a week later by rookie Rick Norton due to inconsistency. Notable Dolphin starting quarterbacks include Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees Bob Griese and Dan Marino, who together combined for 391 total starts and 239 wins all with the Dolphins. Other standouts include Earl Morrall, Don Strock, David Woodley, Jay Fiedler, Chad Pennington, and A. J. Feeley.

The Miami Dolphins entered the 2012 season with the franchise's 32nd different starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He is the first rookie to ever start on opening day for the Dolphins.

Mark Clayton (American football, born 1961)

Mark Gregory Clayton (born April 8, 1961) is a former American football wide receiver who played most of his career with the Miami Dolphins, entering the league in 1983 with the Dolphins and playing there until 1992. He finished out his career with the Green Bay Packers, playing a single season with them in 1993. He attended the University of Louisville.

A favorite target of Dan Marino, he paired with Mark Duper to form the popular "Marks Brothers". He was a five time Pro Bowl player in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988 and 1991. Clayton finished his 11-year career with 582 receptions for 8,974 yards, along with 108 rushing yards, 40 kickoff return yards, and 485 punt return yards. He also scored 85 total touchdowns (84 receiving and 1 punt return)

He is in the NFL top 50 in receiving yards (tied for 39th) and receiving TDs (tied for 13th). He holds Dolphins records for career pass receptions and TDs, as well as receiving yards in a single season. At one point in time, the Dan Marino-Mark Clayton tandem was the most prolific in NFL history.

His 1984 single season record of 18 touchdown catches was broken in 1987 by Jerry Rice and is still tied for the third highest total in NFL history.In 2003, he entered the Miami Dolphins Ring of Honor, along with fellow "Marks Brother", Mark Duper on December 15, 2003. On June 20, 2014 it was announced that Clayton would be inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame.In 2005, he helped punctuate Marino's Pro Football Hall of Fame induction speech by running through the crowd and catching one last pass from the legend thrown from the stage.

He is one of only three players in the history of the NFL who has caught a touchdown pass from both Dan Marino and Brett Favre during the NFL regular season. The others are Keith Jackson and Mark Ingram.

He now lives in Houston, Texas, with his son Mark Gregory Clayton II and Matthew Clayton.

Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins are a professional American football team based in the Miami metropolitan area. The Dolphins compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) East division. The Dolphins play their home games at Hard Rock Stadium in the northern suburb of Miami Gardens, Florida, and are headquartered in Davie, Florida. The Dolphins are Florida's oldest professional sports team. Of the four AFC East teams, they are the only team in the division that was not a charter member of the American Football League (AFL).

The Dolphins were founded by attorney-politician Joe Robbie and actor-comedian Danny Thomas. They began play in the AFL in 1966. The region had not had a professional football team since the days of the Miami Seahawks, who played in the All-America Football Conference in 1946, before becoming the first incarnation of the Baltimore Colts. For the first few years, the Dolphins' full-time training camp and practice facilities were at Saint Andrew's School, a private boys boarding prep school in Boca Raton. In the 1970 AFL–NFL merger, the Dolphins joined the NFL.

The team made its first Super Bowl appearance in Super Bowl VI, losing to the Dallas Cowboys, 24–3. The following year, the Dolphins completed the NFL's only perfect season, culminating in a Super Bowl win, winning all 14 of their regular season games, and all three of their playoff games, including Super Bowl VII. They were the third NFL team to accomplish a perfect regular season. The next year, the Dolphins won Super Bowl VIII, becoming the first team to appear in three consecutive Super Bowls, and the second team (the first AFL/AFC team) to win back-to-back championships. Miami also appeared in Super Bowl XVII and Super Bowl XIX, losing both games.

For most of their early history, the Dolphins were coached by Don Shula, the most successful head coach in professional football history in terms of total games won. Under Shula, the Dolphins posted losing records in only two of his 26 seasons as the head coach. During the period spanning 1983 to the end of 1999, quarterback Dan Marino became one of the most prolific passers in NFL history, breaking numerous league passing records. Marino led the Dolphins to five division titles, 10 playoff appearances and Super Bowl XIX before retiring following the 1999 season.

In 2008, the Dolphins became the first team in NFL history to win their division and make a playoff appearance following a league-worst 1–15 season. That same season, the Dolphins upset the 16–0 New England Patriots on the road during Week 3, handing the Patriots' their first regular season loss since December 10, 2006, in which coincidentally, they were also beaten by the Dolphins.

Miami Dolphins records

This article details records relating to the Miami Dolphins NFL American football team.

Michael Haddix

Michael Montgomery Haddix (born December 27, 1961, in Tippah County, Mississippi) is a former professional American football running back for eight seasons in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Green Bay Packers. Philadelphia passed on Dan Marino to draft Haddix primarily on his 4.5 speed. He holds the record for the fewest average yards per carry (3.0) for a player with more than 500 carries in the NFL.

Ronnie Lippett

Ronald Leon Lippett (born December 10, 1960) is a former American professional football player who played eight seasons with the New England Patriots of the National Football League from 1983–1991. A 5'11", 180 lbs. cornerback from the University of Miami (FL), Lippett was selected by the Patriots in the eighth round of the 1983 NFL Draft.

Ronnie was named the "AFC Defensive Player of the Week" as he intercepted Dan Marino twice in the Patriots 34-7 rout of the Miami Dolphins @ Sullivan Stadium on 10-05-86.

Ronnie blocked an extra point attempt by Pat Leahy in the Patriots 23-13 win over the New York Jets @ Sullivan Stadium on 9-18-83.

He recovered a fumble by Paul McDonald that helped set up the final TD in the Patriots 17-16 win over the Cleveland Browns on 10-07-84.

Ronnie returned a pass by Art Schlitcher 13 yards, with 36 seconds left, in the Patriots 16-10 win over the Colts @ Sullivan Stadium on 12-16-84.

He intercepted Joe Ferguson twice in the Patriots 38-10 rout of the Buffalo Bills @ Sullivan Stadium on 11-11-84. He intercepted Dan Marino twice in the Patriots 34-7 rout of Miami @ Sullivan on 10-05-86. He intercepted Dan Marino twice in their 27-24 loss to the Dolphins @ Foxboro Stadium on 09-09-90. Ronnie intercepted Jim Kellly and Frank Reich in the Patriots 23-3 rout of the Buffalo Bills @ Rich Stadium on 10-26-86.

Ronnie intercepted Marc Wilson twice in the Patriots 27-20 AFC Playoff Game victory over the Los Angeles Raiders @ the LA Coliseum on 01-05-86.

Ronnie was awarded the Patriots UNSUNG Hero Award after the 1987 season.

He recovered an onside kick by Dean Biasucci in the Patriots 16-14 win over the Colts on 09-16-90.

Ronnie started in 111 of his 122 regular season games for the New England Patriots and started in 4 Playoff Games.

Ronnie attended Sebring High School in Sebring, FL. He currently lives in South Easton, Massachusetts.

Ronnie Lippett hated the Dolphins ever since an incident when he visited a Dolphins training as a university student. Of his 24 career interceptions, 7 of them were Dan Marino passes.

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