When the history books talk about the great blunders in NFL Draft history, Marino being selected 27th overall in the first round of the 1983 Draft will be one of the top subjects. What other teams didn’t see in the former Pitt Panther was Miami’s gain and led to a Hall of Fame career.
Over a 17 season NFL career, Marino set records for completions, yards and touchdown passes that would stand for seasons to come. Marino set the standard in his second season with the Dolphins, throwing for over 5,000 yards and 48 touchdowns during a 1984 season that saw Miami go to the only Super Bowl in the legendary quarterback’s career (also winning him his only MVP award during his career).
Things started to change during the 1993 season when Marino was lost due to an Achilles injury that further hampered his mobility for the rest of his career. The Dolphins would get back to the postseason five of the six seasons after that, but Marino’s career would come to an end with a playoff loss to Jacksonville. Still, there is no doubt that the man wearing No. 13 for Miami is the best player to ever be picked by the franchise.
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