Widely regarded as one of the most accomplished NFL players in the history of the league, Dan Marino held sway as the quarterback of the Miami Dolphins for 17 years (1983-2000). On the field, Marino racked up a litany of accomplishments, including (though not limited to): the greatest number of yards, touchdowns, and completions achieved over the course of one season; five back-to-back Pro Bowl nominations; and the NFL Man of the Year Award. Following Marino's retirement from the NFL in 2000, he moved into work as a television pundit, hosting such football-themed programs as HBO's Inside the NFL and CBS's The NFL Today. Both during and after his career as an NFL mainstay, Marino also made cameo appearances as himself in a number of Hollywood features, including Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) and Bad Boys II (2003).
Biography by Nathan Southern
- First wore his famous No. 13 in American Legion baseball, when Nos. 14 and 15 (the only other uniforms large enough) were already taken.
- Drafted by Major League Baseball's Kansas City Royals in 1979 after batting .513 and posting a 22-0 record as a pitcher in high school.
- Teamed with PGA Tour pro Dan Pohl to win the Pro-Am portion of the 1988 Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
- Champions fund-raising efforts for research for autism, which his son Michael was diagnosed with in 1991.
- Played himself in the Miami-based movie Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.
- Enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August 2005.
- Through his Dan Marino Foundation, helped organize the first annual WalkAbout Autism in Miami in 2011.