Within any sport, person, or team, true measure is based on one thing and one thing alone: winning it all. But in no sport is that more important than in the NFL. In the National Football League, the number of Super Bowls won is almost more relevant than any stat put on the field. A ring or two can turn an average player into a Hall of Fame candidate, and a lack of one can keep a great player on the outside looking in.
The thing is, however, that like in life, there is an exception to every rule, and former Miami Dolphins great Dan Marino falls into that category.
Dan Marino is widely considered one of the top five quarterbacsk of all-time and he only made it to one Super Bowl, losing to Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers.
Gifted with a quick release and a powerful arm, Marino accumulated stats like they were precious gems. During his 17 year career, he achieved nearly every passing record attainable while throwing for 61,361 yards and 420 touchdowns and while many of them have been broken (thanks to the current neutering of defenses in the league; in regards to hitting the QB), his greatness lives on.
Winning a Super Bowl in the NFL is hard and after reaching one in his second season, I'm sure Marino thought he would eventually get one. Sometimes, though, it's not in the cards and despite 10 trips to the postseason, he would never get more than that one sniff at the promised land.
A nine time Pro Bowl recipient, Marino was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2005. He currently is an analyst for CBS and still holds numerous records in the NFL and for the Miami Dolphins. In fact, he holds 31 team records for the Dolphins; records that may never be broken.
But for all his achievements and records, the biggest one eluded him and because of that, he will forever be remembered as one of the greatest never to win a championship.
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