NFL Retrospective: Will Dan Marino Get Overlooked by History?

Shane McFarlandContributor IIIOctober 3, 2012

30 Apr 1998:  A portrait picture of Dan Marino #13 of the Miami Dolphins  during the NFL Quarterback Club at Disney''s Boardwalk Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Laforet  /Allsport
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That's how many yards Dan Marino threw for in 1984. It was an NFL record until both Drew Brees and Tom Brady surpassed the mark in 2011, and it was a record that once was considered all but untouchable. Throw in a 5,038-yard effort from Matthew Stafford and Marino's 5,084 just looks like child's play compared to how much quarterbacks are throwing for now in the modern NFL.

Unfortunately, in this era of inflated, video game-like statistics, great passers like Dan Marino may get looked over by those who were not privy to the sensational talent that Marino displayed early on and throughout his decorated career.

Despite coming to mind as the greatest NFL player never to win a Lombardi Trophy, he stands among the most prolific passers in the game's history. Playing in an era with other iconic play-callers like John Elway, Joe Montana, Steve Young, Bret Favre and Troy Aikman, it is Marino who stands above the rest (aside from Favre) in passing yards (61,361) and touchdowns (420).

Not to mention, Marino was never surrounded by a great receiving corps or a formidable running game to complement his talent. He willed those yards down the field. For those who saw him (including myself even as young as I was), we know what we saw and how great Marino was.

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