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Dan Marino          

Pro Football Hall of Famer, Business Owner & Founder of the Dan Marino Foundation for Improving The Lives of Those on the Autism Spectrum

Dan Marino, a former American football quarterback, played among the elite during his tenure at the University of Pittsburgh. He led the Pittsburgh Panthers to a series of victories with his exceptional passing skills, including a triumph over the Georgia Bulldogs in the 1982 Sugar Bowl. Subsequently, Marino was selected as the 27th pick in the first round of the 1983 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins, displaying prowess early on as a rookie. His second season in the NFL saw him shattering six full-season passing records and being named the NFL's Most Valuable Player, an achievement that attested to his stellar performance on the field.

Marino's career trajectory continued to ascend with the Miami Dolphins, as he made history in multiple aspects. He was the first quarterback to record three consecutive seasons of 30 or more touchdown passes and led the NFL in passing yards five times during his career. In 1994, Marino earned the title of the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year, further proving his resilience and dedication to the sport. His career also saw him becoming the first quarterback ever to throw for 50,000 career passing yards and the first to reach 400 career touchdown passes, thus setting a high bar for future players in the league.

Marino's legacy extends beyond his active playing career. His jersey number, 13, was retired by the Miami Dolphins in 2000 in honor of his contributions to the team. He briefly returned to the Miami Dolphins as Senior Vice President of Football Operations in 2004 and is currently a special adviser to the team. Marino's expertise in football transitioned into a successful career as an analyst for CBS's Sunday pregame show "The NFL Today" and HBO's "Inside the NFL," among others. His media credits also include acting in the 1994 comedy Ace Ventura: Pet Detective alongside Jim Carrey and Courteney Cox, as well as making a cameo appearance in the Adam Sandler film Little Nicky, where he asks Satan for a Super Bowl ring. He has also guest-starred as himself in The Simpsons episode "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday." Additionally, Marino established the Dan Marino Foundation in 1992, which extends support to children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, thus cementing his status not only as a football legend but also as a committed philanthropist.

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