He’s one of the greatest quarterbacks in football history. But his career was incomplete. And he still thinks about that from time to time.
Dan Marino, whose Dolphins made it to the Super Bowl in the second season of his career, lost badly to the 49ers, and never returned, told our buddy Joe Rose of WQAM on Monday that the failure to win an NFL championship still comes to mind, especially at this time of the year.
“[T]here’s no doubt that that’s the one thing in my life and in sports, just feeling what that would be like,” Marino said. “There’s no doubt that there’s sometimes I think about that, even today. When I’m watching the Super Bowl, that’s going to be coming into my mind for sure. That’s just part of life, man. I never had that feeling, and that’s the feeling you want to have as a player as you’ve worked your whole life.”
And that’s the message for every member of the Giants and the Patriots, and pretty much for anyone who ever gets the chance to play in the Super Bowl. There’s no guarantee the opportunity ever will come again, so focus on the task at hand and pursue the chance to make history and to secure one of the rare things in life that, unlike money and fame, can never be taken away.
So forget about misguided notions of revenge or lack of respect or any other vague or transient motivation. The Pats and Giants are playing for a trophy and a big-ass ring. That should provide every reason to focus, study, prepare, and execute.