Dan Marino was born in Pittsburgh, PA on September 15th, 1961. He attended Central Catholic High School. He is married, has one child and lives in Miami, FL. He is 6' 4" and weighs 224 pounds. He is also very close to his father who guided him as he was growing up in Pittsburgh. This report is about the Dan Marino that many people know from his successes as a NFL quarterback and the personal side of Dan Marino that few people know. He is someone I found interesting for his efforts off the field as well as on the field.
Dan Marino has played in 15 seasons as the quarterback of the Miami Dolphins. He has set a number of NFL passing records as a starting quarterback, including:
· regular-season winning record as starting NFL quarterback (132 wins 81 losses -.620)
Dan attended the University of Pittsburgh and received a Bachelors degree in Communications in 1983. He also played baseball in college and was even offered a contract by the Kansas City Royals. He did not accept the offer, instead choosing to pursue a career in football. While playing at the University of Pittsburgh, he completed 693 of 1,204 passes (57.5%) for 8,597 yards and 79 touchdowns. He graduated as the record holder in passing yards for a season (2,876) and career (8,597). He finished his college ranked on the NCAA all time lists as fifth in passing yards, fourth in completions, and fourth in touchdown passes. He is only one of four Pittsburgh players to have his jersey retired.
Many people do not know that Dan Marino and his wife, Claire, have a nine-year-old son, named Michael, who has autism. Because of his interest in helping children with autism, Dan Marino has contributed large sums of money toward research and cures for autism. In 1998, Dan and Claire Marino cut the ribbon to open the Dan Marino Child NETT. Dan Marino Child NETT helps children who have special needs resulting from attention deficit disorder (ADD), autism and related disorders, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, learning disabilities, mental retardation, and developmental and behavioral disorders.