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As yall prob know by looking at my age I wasnt alive during the good years of Marino. (the late 80s) Im just curious what was it like and were some Dol-fans unhappy with drafting him at first. I just never really got around to watching old films of him. I would just like some memorable moments and other stuff like that.
 

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FinFan90 said:
As yall prob know by looking at my age I wasnt alive during the good years of Marino. (the late 80s) Im just curious what was it like and were some Dol-fans unhappy with drafting him at first. I just never really got around to watching old films of him. I would just like some memorable moments and other stuff like that.
I am sure there were people not happy with us drafting him. But you will be hard pressed to find one to admit it now.
 

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Phinsfan1980 said:
I am sure there were people not happy with us drafting him. But you will be hard pressed to find one to admit it now.

I know a couple of people who wanted to draft Darrell Green instead of dan. there is a friend of my dads also who was hoping we could of got blackledge. needless to say they changed there minds fast.
 

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All i know that i sure am glad that we drafted Dan. While watching that "Heart Of The Champions" Shula said that we was targeting a DL and i believe a DB, so Green could of been the guy if Dan wasn't there.
 

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I saw a thread on Dan's best game or moment not too long ago. Check the list of thre

FinFan90 said:
As yall prob know by looking at my age I wasnt alive during the good years of Marino. (the late 80s) Im just curious what was it like and were some Dol-fans unhappy with drafting him at first. I just never really got around to watching old films of him. I would just like some memorable moments and other stuff like that.

Check the threads with a search on Marino, it should turn up many moments. There was one dedicated to his best games (about 2 weeks ago). Have fun!
 

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Hard to share memories in a post. Imagine thinking...no wait knowing you were going to win every week(even though they didn't) and watch some of the most entertaining football ever while doing it. Games would consistently be in the upper 30's and lower 40's. Watching Marino mature from gunslinger in his first year to a skilled and seasoned veteran in 84' was one of the best things i've ever seen. His learning curve was non existent because of how attuned he was to the game.The reason Marino never put another season together like 84...although 86 was close...was because the defense was so horrible for so long he was constantly having to take the Fins over the hump. I must admit that it's been hard pressed to ever feel the sheer joy of watching the Fins play without Marino. I hope a team can take us there again soon...perhaps without another stud QB. I was born a Fin and ill die a Fin i can oonly hope we have glory days like that again soon. Marino did just that my friend....no matter whether you liked the Fins or not you watched the games just to watch Marino.
 

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Most people were pleased with the pick. He was a guy who noone expected to be around that late. Certainly everyone had their opinions as to which QB would be the best out of that class (I wanted local boy Jim Kelly), but Miami didn't have a choice. We were coming off of an AFC Championship (SB loss to Wash.) so we were picking late. We got the last QB available in that top tier. This was the first "year of the QB" so he was a name most casual fans had heard of.
 

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I remember watching the `83 Sugar Bowl where Marinos Pitt team came from behind to beat Herschel Walker and Georgia, and I immediately became a Marino fan. The following year Marino was the pre season favorite to win the Heisman, but Pitt fell to 7-4 and while Marino threw more picks than TDs his senior year, I still thought he would go #2 after Elway, no way in hell did I think he would fall all the way to #27, and wind up in Miami! Still remember Paul Zimmerman on ESPNs draft day show saying he didn`t think Dan would do well with the Dolphins...something to the effect of "who`s going to teach him", blah, blah, blah. The rest is history, glad I got to personally witness several Marino games, he was like Jordan...well worth the price of a ticket.
 

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Marino's 1st Practice Game at OB

When people noticed that the Dolphins had something special:

Orange Bowl practice game during Marino's rookie season. The first time the fans got to see Marino in a scrimmage/game setting. A DL broke threw the line bearing down on Marino with face masks about to clash. Marino threw a bullet/rope about 35 yards side-arm around the DL and hit Clayton perfectly on target for a 1st down. THAT is when the crowd was left with their mouth open in awe. Everyone suddenly realized that the Dolphins "weren't in Kansas anymore".
 

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Before that draft I remember targeting two guys, Darrell Green and the tight end from Notre Dame, Tony Hunter. I think he was picked earlier in the first round and didn't fulfill his potential.

No way anyone expected Marino to slip that far and Dolphin fans were generally thrilled when he did. We were coming off a Super Bowl loss with Woodley completely inept (and benched) in the second half. Then Marino's first TV interview after being drafted included something flippant like, "I can't wait to get down there and work on my tan." That drew a bit of negative reaction until he stepped out on the practice field and drew great reviews almost immediately.
 

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merlin00069 said:
Marino did just that my friend....no matter whether you liked the Fins or not you watched the games just to watch Marino.


I get that same feeliing watching Peyton Manning now. He reminds me so much of Dan with his intensity on the field and his intimate knowledge of the offense and ability to read opposing defenses that are thrown against him. I just wish he were wearing the aqua/orange on his uni instead of blue/white. :(
 

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:cry: All these memories are making me cry.

Seriously, one of the things I remember about being a Dolfan during Dan's prime was that you never lost faith. We could be down 2 TDs with 4 minutes left in the game and you still honestly believed the Dolphins were going to win. Dan could throw 3 INTs in a game and you still just KNEW the next pass was going to be a frozen rope for a TD. It didnt always work out like we expected, but Dan provided miracles often enough to keep us believing.

Fun times, even without a championship.
 

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Dan is the reason I became a Dolphins fan. I was born in Miami, but moved away when I was little kid. When I first started watching football in my early teens I didn't have a favorite team. I remember watching one game that was a stinker and they shifted the broadcast to the ending of tightly contested Dolphins game. Marino led the phins to a come-from-behind victory and I was hooked. That was probably almost 20 years ago. To this day Marino and Shula are the identity of the franchise and the two best things ever to happen to it.
 
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