American professional football player Dan Marino gets set to pass the ball during a 1994 game. In 1984, during his second season with the National Football League’s Miami Dolphins, Marino became the first quarterback to pass for more than 5,000 yards in a single season. He went on to lead the Dolphins to numerous playoff appearances.
Dan Marino, born in 1961, American professional football player, a quarterback who set National Football League (NFL) career records in passing completions, passing yardage, touchdown passes, and passing attempts—marks all previously held by Fran Tarkenton.
Born Daniel Constantine Marino, Jr., in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he played football and baseball in high school and enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh in 1979. During his notable college football career, he led his team to four bowl games (postseason games held in December and January to which the best college football teams are invited each year). The Pittsburgh team played in the Fiesta Bowl in December 1979, the Gator Bowl in December 1980, the Sugar Bowl in January 1982, and the Cotton Bowl in January 1983. Marino was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the first round of the 1983 NFL draft.
Early in the 1983 season, Marino became the starting quarterback for the Dolphins, a surprising accomplishment for a rookie. He led the Dolphins to the American Football Conference (AFC) Eastern Division title that year and was named the NFL's rookie of the year and a starting quarterback in the Pro Bowl, the annual postseason all-star game held by the NFL. In 1984 Marino became the first quarterback to pass for more than 5,000 yards in a single season, and he broke the single-season record for touchdown passes, with 48. He was voted NFL player of the year, and in the postseason he led the Dolphins to the 1985 Super Bowl, which they lost to the San Francisco 49ers. In subsequent years Marino became famous for his throwing power and accuracy. He quarterbacked the Dolphins to numerous playoff appearances.
After the 1999 season Marino announced his retirement. He finished his career holding four major passing records: He completed 4,967 passes in 8,358 attempts, and he passed for 61,361 yards and 420 touchdowns.
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