It was only a matter of time before Dan Marino's post-playing career found its way back to the Miami Dolphins, and now that time has come.
Marino made his return to Miami official on Sunday:
Michael Cugno of NBC 6 South Florida first reported the news:
Dan Marino is expected to be a special adviser to Owner Stephen Ross and CEO Tom Garfinkel. Official announcement expected next week.— Michael Cugno (@MikeNBC6) August 24, 2014
Marino's NFL career with the Dolphins is well-documented. He's widely regarded as one of the best quarterbacks in history despite failing to deliver a Super Bowl to Miami. The Dolphins were the only franchise he played for, and they retired his No. 13 a mere six years after his retirement.
This won't be his first front-office role with the organization. Marino served as the Dolphins' senior VP of football operations in 2004, a role he only held for three weeks.
Pursuing the former quarterback is nothing new for Miami's front office. Marino has been with the Dolphins this week in their preparations for Saturday's preseason game against the Cowboys, and the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero gave some clarity on the situation earlier Saturday:
The attempts are not new, but they heated up this year after Marino was dropped from the CBS pregame show and have become even more intense lately as the start of the 2014 season approaches.
The reason to get Marino on board is simple: He is the most decorated and beloved person in the franchise’s history outside of Don Shula.
The 52-year-old has most recently worked on CBS' The NFL Today, and he was on the Sunday pregame show for 11 years before leaving the show in February. Tony Gonzalez is stepping in to replace him.
Now with a bit more time on his hands this fall, it's looking like Marino is going back to his roots and getting directly involved again with the only NFL organization he's known.