Dan Marino is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. He played for the Miami Dolphins from 1983 to 1999, and led the team to an AFC Championship in 1984.
During his career, Marino set numerous records, including most passing yards in a season (5,084) and most touchdown passes in a season (48). He was also named NFL MVP in 1984 and 1985.
Despite all of his accomplishments, there are still some things that many people don’t know about Dan Marino. Here are 10 secrets about the Hall of Fame quarterback:
1. Dan Marino almost didn’t become a Miami Dolphin. The team that drafted him, the Baltimore Colts, traded him to Miami just before the start of his rookie season.
2. Marino grew up in a rough neighborhood in Pittsburgh and was often bullied as a child. He didn’t start playing football until he was in high school.
3. Marino originally wanted to wear number 13, but it was already taken by another player. He chose number 99 instead because it was the reverse of his favorite player’s jersey number, Roger Staubach (QB for the Dallas Cowboys).
4. In high school, Marino was also a talented baseball player and was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the fourth round of the 1979 MLB Draft. He decided to play football instead and never looked back.
5. During his rookie season, Marino set an NFL record for most passing yards in a game (510) against the New York Jets.
6. In 1998, Marino’s 17-year-old son, Michael, was diagnosed with autism. Inspired by his son’s courage, Marino became an outspoken advocate for autism awareness and research.
7. In 2000, Marino became the first NFL player to have a statue erected in his honor. The life-sized bronze sculpture is located outside of Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
8. After he retired from football, Marino opened up two restaurant chains: Dan Marino’s Town Tavern and Dan Marino’s Fine Food and Spirits. Both businesses have since closed.
9. In 2013, it was revealed that Marino had fathered a child with a former mistress in 2005. The child, Chloe, was born just nine months after Marino’s daughter, Lauren.
10. In 2017, Marino made headlines again when it was revealed that he had invested in a fake medical research company called Theranos. The company is now defunct and its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, is facing criminal charges.