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1. Dan Marino

A First Round pick from Pittsburgh, Dan Marino would win the starting Quarterback job during his rookie season in 1983.  He was an All-Rookie and Pro Bowl selection, but that was just the beginning of what would become one of the most phenomenal careers ever by a Quarterback.

In the next three seasons, Marino would be named a First Team All-Pro and lead the NFL in Completions, Passing Yards, and Passing Touchdowns, with the 1984 season shocking the world of Pro Football.  Marino set since broken records of 5,084 Passing Yards and 48 Touchdown Passes, and he would take Miami to the Super Bowl.  They did not win, but there was no doubt in the mind of anyone that Marino was the elite Quarterback of the hour.

He would have two more years where he would lead the NFL in Passing Yards, and he was overall a nine-time Pro Bowl Selection.  Marino couldn't run, but he never really had to.  He had one of the quickest releases, and along with an accurate arm, he made stars out of average Wide Receivers.  When he retired, he was the all-time leading passer and held every recognizable throwing record.  While he never won a Super Bowl, it was not because he didn't give it everything he had.  A lack of a running game was always his undoing, but as long as Marino was playing, the Dolphins were still contenders.

What Dan Marino did as a Quarterback was unprecedented for his time.  While there will be many more QBs who will surpass what he did statistically, it should never be forgotten when he did it, and how few could match him at the time.

Marino would be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005, and he would later be chosen for the NFL 100th Anniversary Team.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 27th Overall in the NFL Draft 4/26/83.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1999 Season.
  • Games Played: 242
  • Notable Statistics:

    240 Games Started

    4,967 Passes Completed

    8,358 Passes Attempted

    59.4% Pass Completion Percentage

    61,361 Passing Yards

    420 Passing Touchdowns

    252 Interceptions

    86.4 Passer Rating

    301 Rushing Attempts

    87 Rushing Yards

    9 Rushing Touchdowns

    1 Reception

    -6 Receiving Yards

    216 Approximate Value
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    AP MVP (1984)

    PFWA MVP (1984)

    NEA MVP (1984)

    Bert Bell Award (1984)

    Offensive Player of the Year (1998)

    First Team All-Pro (1984, 1985 & 1986)

    Second Team All-Pro (1983, 1994 & 1995)

    Pro Bowl (1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1994 & 1995)

    PFWA Comeback Player of the Year (1994)

    Walter Payton Man of the Year (1998)

    All-Rookie (1983)

    Most Passes Completed (1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1992 & 1997)

    Most Pass Attempts (1984, 1986, 1988, 1992 & 1997)

    Most Passing Yards (1984, 1985, 1986, 1988 & 1992)

    Most Passing Touchdowns (1984, 1985 & 1986)

    Highest Passer Rating (1984)

    Most Passing Yards per Game (1984, 1986, 1988 & 1992)

    Most Yards per Pass Attempt (1984)

    Most Pass Attempts per Game (1986, 1988 & 1992)

    Most Passes Completed per Game (1985, 1988 & 1992)
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