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Dan Marino Is #1

To many Miami Dolphins fans Dan Marino has always been number one in their hearts.  Marino spent his 17 year career with the Miami Dolphins (1983-1999) and had fans captivated by his Hall of Fame career.

In a special monthly feature,’s Elliot Harrison ranked the top players from the 1980′s in special tribute to decades month, similarly this week is the 1980′s.  Harrison ranked Marino #1 overall in terms of the AFC, and was ranked #4 overall in both conferences behind Ronnie Lott, Lawrence Taylor, and Joe Montana.

Marino was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a first-ballot selection in 2005, and took the Miami Dolphins to the playoffs 10 times in his 17 year career, reaching the Super Bowl only once (1984).

Dan Marino’s most notable season was in 1984, in which he led the Miami Dolphins to their second Super Bowl in the 1980′s, and also compiled 5,084 passing yards, the first quarterback to reach the 5,000 yard mark at the time.  Marino was also named to his first and only NFL MVP award in 1984.

It is by no surprise that Marino has achieved such honors, as he still holds numerous NFL records to this day including:

Most games with 400 or more yards passing, Career: 13

Most seasons leading the league in pass attempts: 5 (1984, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1997)

Most seasons leading the league in completions: 6 (1984–86, 1988, 1992, 1997)

Most seasons leading the league in lowest sack percentage: 10 (1983-89, 1994, 1997, 1999)

Most consecutive seasons leading league in lowest sack percentage: 7 (1983-89)

Fewest number of games in career to hit the 100 passing touchdowns mark: 44

Fewest number of games in career to hit the 200 passing touchdowns mark: 89


Dan Marino capped off his astounding 17 year career with 8,358 passing attempts, 420 touchdowns, 61,361 passing yards, and a career passing rating of 86.4.

You can find the ranking of the top 20 players of the 1980′s here


Do you believe Dan Marino should have been ranked higher for his impact in the 1980′s, or is his ranking about right?

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  • Padraigh Keogh

    Legen… (wait for it)… dary

  • Pygskyn

    “in 1984, in which he led the Miami Dolphins to their only Super Bowl in the 1980′s”
    Ummmm, last I recall Miami was also in the Super Bowl in 1982. Outside of that little mistake though, nice article and tribute to arguably the greatest QB to play the game.

    • Andrew

      Whoops! Thank you for the correction, I don’t know how i missed that.

    • JD

      Says he took them to their 2nd super bowl in the 80s.

      • Pygskyn

        He fixed it (Good job Andrew, you got on that one quick!). It used to say what I had quoted.

  • James Babka

    He should be ranked higher. During that time he never had any defensive help. The Dolphins were losing games with scores like 46-44. A little bit of defense and there would be no question in anyone’s mind that he should be number 1.

    • Matt

      I think the fact that he didn’t have much help on the defensive side gives further testament that he should be ranked higher. Sure if he had a better defense playing with him he would of gotten that ring but think about it. He had to be that great of a QB because he didn’t have what Joe had on the other side of the ball. To rank Joe Montana higher because he had a defense that helped him get a ring doesn’t make sense. That’s pretty much saying Joe Montana was better because his team had a better defense. That doesn’t make Joe the better QB or a better player in general.

  • Matt

    Dan Marino was the best player to ever play the QB position. Not Joe Montana. Rings don’t necessarily make a player better. Sure it makes that players team overall better but it doesn’t make that one player better then the other on the opposing team.