Madden NFL 25 Unlockable Players: Dan Marino
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Marino was the last of six quarterbacks taken in the first round of the 1983 NFL draft, behind notable names like John Elway and Jim Kelly.
Before that, he played four years at Pittsburgh, which he opted for over a career as a professional baseball player. Marino was actually drafted as a pitcher by the Royals in 1979.
Unbelievably, Marino began his career as a backup. He didn't start until the sixth game of his rookie season, but he would go on to set the rookie record for passer rating.
But it was his second season when Marino went big. He was named NFL MVP, setting new league records for TD passes and passing yards. He took the Dolphins to the Super Bowl only to fall to fellow legend Joe Montana and the 49ers.
Marino would never get back to the Super Bowl and is unquestionably one of the greatest players in all of sports never to win a championship. But his legacy, his play and the records he set speak for themselves.
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1 NFL MVP.
3 First Team All-Pros.
5 Second Team All-Pros.
9 Pro Bowls.
1 Super Bowl Runner-Up.
51 Game-Winning Drives (NFL record).
Set single-season passing yards record (now fourth all-time).
Set single-season TD record (now third all-time).
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242 games played.
61,361 yards passing.
59.4 percent completion.
253.6 passing yards per game.
86.4 QB rating.
Marino was never blessed with being on the most talented of teams, so he often took a beating in the game.
But to his credit, he was one of the toughest guys in the game, rarely missing time because of an injury and sticking in the pocket to make a play even as the defense closed in around him.
Here are all of Marino's record-setting (at the time) 48 touchdowns.
There are some really remarkable ones here. This season, 8.5 percent of all the passes he threw ended up as touchdowns.
Here is an example of the kind of athlete Marino was. He tosses a perfect 40-yard pass into the end zone from behind his back.
How many guys in the league could do this now?
In one of the most famous Marino plays, he tricked both the defense and most of his own team by pretending like he was going to spike the ball to stop the clock.
Instead, Marino went for it and scored the game-winning touchdown.