This is the only recognized rookie card of one of the NFL's most prolific passers. Dan Marino made his presence felt immediately in the NFL. In his first season, Marino led the AFC in passing and started the Pro Bowl en route to being named the NFL Rookie of the Year. In his second year,
Marino left football fans in awe and was named NFL MVP. He finished with 362 completions, 5,084 yards, 48 touchdown passes and led the Miami Dolphins to the Super Bowl. Despite losing the game, Marino set Super Bowl records for attempts and completions. When it was all said
and done, Marino shattered numerous career passing records. At the time of his retirement, Marino was the most prolific passer in NFL history. He finished with 4,967 completions in 8,358 attempts, 61,361 yards passing and 420 touchdowns. One of Marino's most remarkable accomplishments might be the fact that he passed for at least 300 yards in a game on 63 different occasions. This nine-time Pro Bowl selection was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005. This card, one that has been heavily counterfeited like the Elway rookie card from the same set, suffers from similar condition obstacles, making PSA Gem Mint 10's elusive.
Daniel Constantine Marino, Jr. (September 15, 1961-) (QB) was drafted in 1979 by the Kansas City Royals in the amateur draft but chose to play football at the University of Pittsburgh instead of pursuing a baseball career. Dan had a successful career at Pitt during his four seasons running the Panthers offense and garnered much attention for the Heisman Trophy after each season. A marginal senior season at Pitt caused his stock to fall and the Miami Dolphins drafted Marino with the 27th pick of the 1983 NFL Draft, behind five other quarterbacks including fellow Hall of Famers Jim Kelly and John Elway. As in college, Marino took over as the starting quarterback of the Dolphins offense in his first year compiling a record of 7-2 (12-4 overall) with 2,210 passing yards on 173 completions in 296 attempts. He was named the NFL’s Rookie of the Year and earned his first of nine trips to the NFL Pro Bowl. In his sophomore season, Dan was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player as he broke six NFL passing records including throwing 48 touchdown, destroying the previous record of 36, and becoming the first quarterback to throw for over 5,000 yards in a single season (5,084). The 1984 season was topped off by a trip to Super Bowl XIX where the 14-2 Dolphins faced the 15-1 San Francisco 49ers team led by Hall of Famer Joe Montana. The Dolphins lost 38-16 to the Niners in Marino’s one and only trip to the Super Bowl.
He led the National Football League six times in pass completions, five times in pass attempts and passing yards, and three times in touchdown passes. Marino played his entire 17-year career with the Miami Dolphins, throwing for 3,000 yards or more 13 times including six times eclipsing the 4,000-yard mark. When Dan Marino retired following the 1999 season, he was the career-passing leader in attempts, completions, yards, and touchdowns. Marino retired with 61,361 passing yards on 4,967 completions in 8,358 attempts. He threw 420 touchdowns, 252 interceptions and retired with an 86.4 quarterback rating. Dan Marino was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005. Marino successfully moved into the broadcast booth appearing on national televised Sunday football programs as a color analyst and commentator. Marino has made several appearances in motion pictures and has been a consistent icon used in advertising, both locally (in Miami) and nationally.