Mom’s cook is the best
There may have been something about drinking water in Western Pennsylvania in the XX. in the middle of the twentieth century, which is perhaps the best explanation for the emergence of genius leaders such as Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, Joe Montana, or just Dan Marino. The latter (also) was born in Pittsburgh, just 60 years ago, on September 15, 1961.
Unlike his great predecessors, he ended up staying as long as possible within the eastern state, meaning he didn’t go anywhere else to university, even though he would have had the opportunity. He was already a serious star athlete in high school, excelling in American football and baseball, as evidenced by the fact that the Kansas City Royals, who were interested in MLB, seized their right to play in the 4th round of the 1979 draft. However, he was not a professional, and this was known to the largest universities in the country. The best institutions tried to seduce with a strong football and baseball program, and the schools in Pittsburgh were able to give up on it because they were only built on football.
Marino then, surprisingly, chose the Pitt Panthers. Although he had to give up baseball, he didn’t have to leave the family nest and his mother’s meatball spaghetti.
The decision eventually confirmed him, he developed year after year, winning the Sugar Bowl with his team in the 1981 NCAA season, the final Herschel Walkerrel. Georgia managed to pull in with a last-minute winning touchdown pass.
That only one game gave a little taste of Marino’s three most important qualities: wanting to win at all costs, self-confidence, and amazing accuracy. Marino released this ball in a three-point disadvantage, for the fourth attempt, when a field goal would have been enough to equalize. He, on the other hand, did not play a tie.
He either took drugs or stopped developing
For his last 1982 college year, a new coach arrived at Pitt flee Fazio in person, but with him, Marino and the team’s play also declined. The manager didn’t find the rhythm so much that he downgraded his touchdown interception balance from 37-23 a year earlier to 17-23. Not exactly the best timing for the downturn, as it significantly worsened his asia before the NFL draft.
John Elway and Jim Kelly besides, he was the best manager of the 1983 draft class, and although Elway was considered more (mostly because of the final year), Marino rightly hoped to be called in the first round, fairly early.
But it didn’t happen that way.
As early as the fall of 1982, he was rumored to be on drugs. Or they really started out as Marino’s big party face, and they didn’t say anything else. But everyone knows the world of rumors and how these least positive assumptions get on the wing, rise to independent lives, and then reach out to people who shouldn’t in the least. In the pre-Internet era, this really spread through folk tales, word of mouth, and Marino didn’t even know what to do against them. The university management was also aware of this, and the manager was tested (along with half the team).
All became negative, but since no newspaper article or suspicion appeared, the whole case was rather not made public.
So came the draft held in the spring of 1983, where Marino then waited in vain for his name to be pronounced. Yet not long before, in early 1983, in the first draft of the newly launched USFL history, he was the first to be selected. Some believe the leaders of the league, intended to be the NFL’s spring competitor, have sparked rumors to deter NFL teams from Marino.
In any case, several people sat up for him, such as the Pittsburgh Steelers, whose former coach Chuck Noll later admitted he wasn’t selected for it.
Yet Marino could have taken over the baton from the legendary Terry Bradshawin addition to his hometown and university city.
A total of five directors, named Elway, Todd Blackledge, Kelly, Tony Eason and Ken O’Brien, sold out to Marino. The latter in 24th position, taken by the New York Jets, is said to be the most successful coach of all time in this draw, the coach of the Miami Dolphins, Don Shula all he asked was:
Who is this?
Of course, he didn’t philosophize on this for a long time, but got it on the occasion, and since Miami chose 27th, Shula also slapped Marino.
The NFL is lying at its feet
Although it was already clear in training camp what gem Shula fished out of the confusion, she still didn’t play in the first five rounds. Yet even in the trainings, he saw that Marino had given him a talent who, at the beginning, David Woodleywas better from the first minute, resolving situations flawlessly out of instinct or talent that Woodley did not know at all. He was able to release the ball at an unprecedented speed, which usually hit the target.
His time came in the sixth round, and from there he couldn’t be blown out of the starter, he was even invited to the Pro Bowl.
And after his second season, there was no question that he was one of the brightest stars in the NFL: he also broke the record for TD passes (48) and passed yards (5084), the former for 20 years and the last for 27 years.
By 2010, only Drew Brees had managed to cross the 5,000-yard mark (in 2008), and no one had even come close to it. After all, in 1984 the attacking game was built on the runs, it is a telling coincidence that the also runner-up, Eric Dickerson he made 2,105 yards on the ground that same season, and that peak has been in effect ever since.
All the way to the Super Bowlig marching to Miami (Marino put together more records that are still alive in the playoffs), but there Montana and the San Francisco 49ers stepped down. Maybe no one would have thought Marino wouldn’t make it to the Super Bowl anymore.
For the next two years, he was also the Passion King (most good passes, yards and TDs), he became the first to be able to lead three times in a row in these categories.
Constantly breaking records, he came up with sensational performances, for example, he was the only manager to walk victoriously off the field against the 1985 Chicago Bears, who he thought was unbeatable.
He was quite simply ahead of his time, throwing more accurately and faster than anyone, and although he was not agile at all, it was almost impossible to bring him to the ground. On the one hand, because he felt the pocket fantastically, he always knew when and where to step, and he saw perfectly on the field, if the first option didn’t work, he immediately found the second or third. On the other hand, because it was buffalo and indestructible.
Serious injury, Ace Ventura and unworthy farewell
The team was less competitive in the late ’80s and early’ 90s, but by 1993, a band had come together that could once again target the Super Bowl. In the fifth match, however, the trouble occurred, and Marino tore his Achilles. Of course, from then on, the Dolphins could give up the final, and the manager was expected to have surgery and a long rehabilitation.
Well, the filming of Ace Ventura, in which he was at least a champion in his role. A few years ago, he joked that he started it Jim Carrey career, without which the film would not have been made.
And even if he’s not a Miami Dolphins player, that is, Carrey could even thank those who started the drug rumor about Marino a good ten years earlier.
The manager at the time recalls the events by first considering the script unacceptable, but then they went to lunch in fours (he, Marino, producer James G. Robinson and Carrey) and the actor appeared 100% as a Ventura, joking throughout the evening. , and then Marino also gave in to his waist because he saw fantasy in the actor.
He returned to the field in 1994 without ever being 100%, as Achillese became looser after surgery. In comparison, he brilliantly in the season, deciding an individual peak in accurate passes, handing out 30 TD passes, and the main group final also passed a field goal that was ruined in the last second. At the end of the competition, he also received the Back of the Year award.
A year later, Shula said goodbye and was replaced by Jimmy Johnson, a master who won two rings in a row with Dallas. He brought a much more conservative view with his mega, with Shula, for example, almost completely entrusting the play call to Marino, while Johnson significantly limited the conductor. At the same time, he climbed higher and higher in the eternal rankings, that is, he was the one who had reached previously unknown heights.
The farewell, on the other hand, was quite unworthy: Marino’s momentum lasted until the 1999 season, the playoffs came together again, but there the Jacksonville Jaguars beat them 62-7 in the AFC semi-finals. It was the last match of his previous career for both him and Johnson. The manager did have offers, but he said no to all and said goodbye to the field.
In addition to still having live records today, there is a title that anyone would hardly want to take from him.
Although it has been more than 20 years since he retired, he is still considered the best player to ever be a champion.
Of course, he would be happy to resign and betray that he hated that status. Because he also loved to win more than anything.
He later appeared in 1-2 productions, testing himself as a NASCAR team owner and television expert, and more importantly, with the Dan Marino Foundation, he has raised tens of millions of dollars so far for autism research.
In Miami, they were saluted with a huge statue in front of him, and of course, as soon as the moratorium was over, he was included among the NFL immortals.
At the time of his retirement, he held more than 40 records, most of which have since been broken by the legends of the next generation.
Those who were inspired by his play. When Peyton Manning In 1998, as a rookie, he clashed with him and saw what level Marino represented at the age of 37, then he realized that this was already the league of the big ones and he wanted to be one too. Exemplary, successful, and a bit of a showman too.
(Cover photo by Dan Marino. Photo: AFP.)