10 . 31 . 13 Classic Starter Jackets: Dan Marino
Although he was not on the famed 1972 perfect team, it's safe to assume that Dan Marino is the most recognizable Miami Dolphin of all-time. While the Hall Of Fame Quarterback never won a Super Bowl with his teams, Dan Marino is revered as one of the best to ever play his position. With tonight's (October 31) Dolphins vs. Cincinnati Bengals game calling back to a fierce 1980s match-up, we decided to look back at Dan The Man's sideline Starter jacket glory.
Interestingly enough, Dan Marino was one of Starter's first print-ad models—sporting a classic satin snap-up jacket. Joining the Dolphins in 1983, Marino assumed a role at Quarterback that helped the team reach Super Bowl XVII early that year. Although the 'Phins lost, the South Florida team showed promise of returning soon. They did indeed, in Marino's second season. In 1985's Super Bowl XIX, Marino lost to Joe Montana's San Francisco 49ers in a 38-16 blowout. In the decade to follow, Marino led a frequent playoff team out of makeshift teammates. Dan would become the first QB to throw for over 5,000 yards in a single season as of 1984, and he made the Pro Bowl consecutively in his first five seasons. With a fierce competitor's demeanor, the Pittsburgh native (and former University of Pittsburgh star) played in Miami under Center between 1983 and 1999. Sadly never returning to the Super Bowl following his sophomore season, Marino remains a testament to franchise loyalty, and defining a career by performance (individual and team) without a championship. In the end, Dan passed for over 61,000 yards, threw 420 touchdowns, and numerous single-season and career records in the NCAA and NFL.
Since playing under the (also Starter-sporting) coach Don Shula, Marino has become a star analyst care of CBS, alongside Bill Cowher, Shannon Sharpe, James Brown, and (former Cincy Bengals rival) Boomer Esiason. The former QB has ventured in Nascar and restaurants in the 2000s.
With a current record of 3-4, the Dolphins are in playoff contention early in 2013. With Ryan Tannehill taking on Marino's shadow in the Quarterback position, the team hopes to involve newly-acquired Wide Receiver Mike Wallace. Thursday night's game will be not easy feat, as the Cincinnati Bengals are 6-2, leading to the AFC North in one of their best early seasons in recent years. A lot is on the line tonight, and Dan Marino's Miami Dolphins glory will be channeled by hopeful players looking to make new believers on a prime-time stage.