The Miami Dolphins selected Dan Marino as their first pick in the 1983 National Football League Draft. Five other quarterbacks were taken before Marino, including Hall of Famers Jim Kelly and John Elway.
The streak of Marino and Shula as quarterback and coach with 13 seasons together is second only to Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw and Chuck Noll of the Pittsburgh Steelers with 14.
Marino earned the role of starting quarterback in the sixth week of his rookie campaign, in turn leading the Dolphins to a 12-4 record.
In 1984, only his second season in the league, Dan Marino became the only player in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards in a single season.
Marino threw for 3,000 or more yards in 13 of his 17 seasons in the NFL.
Dan is second only to Hall of Famer John Elway with 37 career fourth quarter comeback wins.
At the conclusion of the 1995 season, Dan had become the career passing leader in attempts, completions, yards, and touchdowns, surpassing Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton.
Dan earned first- or second-team All-Pro honors eight times and earned All-AFC honors six times in his career.
Marino currently holds the record for most yards gained passing in a career with 61,361.
Dan Marino speaks to the media following the notification of his election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on February 5, 2005.