Marino still thinks about not winning a Super Bowl

AP

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.

74 responses to “Marino still thinks about not winning a Super Bowl

  1. Sometimes It’s hard to believe a man like Marino has no superbowl rings when u think about the dolphins back in the day. He deserves one. He was one hell of a Quarterback.
    I give him credit though. He didn’t try and get one the cheap way and join a team when his career
    was over just to get one than retire. He tried to earn one.

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    When it was 3rd and 17 from his own one yard line, Marino was a threat to score. He made you defend the entire field on every play.

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  3. it always amazes me that some people will disregard him because he didn’t win a ring. he should always be in the conversation about the best QB’s ever. ring or not.

  4. It is unfortunate that Dan never won a SB and only played in one. There were always a few missing pieces on DM led teams. That being said he is still one of the best pure passing QB’s in NFL history. Fins Forever.

  5. Mike you would think about it everyday too if you had not sold your soul to NBC. Just think what your life would be like if you didnt get to be face to face with Peter Kings junk every now and then.

  6. I remember that Super Bowl clearly and how the Dolphins were supposed to smoke the 49ers.

    It made no sense to me because the 49ers had a damn good defense and a damn good offense, which ran AND passed the ball.

    All the Dolphins had was a great passing game. No defense and no running game.

  7. Dozens of quarterbacks have won the Superbowl, but how many can say they were in both a Jim Carrey movie, and a Will Smith movie? I’d say Dan’s got one-up on everybody.

  8. Would have liked Dan to have gotten that ring.
    BTW; that pic shows a wicked elbow to the chin. Marino played in the day with most QB’s had to be tough and took hard shots. Some of these modern QB’s are about as tough as a pudgy middled aged executive, and whine like babies if they’re touched.

  9. Championship or not, he’s still one of the best QB’s to ever play the game. The fact the the Dolphins have not had a stable franchise quarterback since he left speaks to that.

    Too much leverage is placed on champhionships, when individual achievements oftern trump that.

  10. Shula’s drafts really tailed off from ’86 on. He’d find some gems but way too many clunkers in the 1st and 2nd round. Think Shipp, Boza, Kumerow etc.

    From ’86 on the fins either had no running game to complement the pass or a failing defense that just couldn’t make the big plays.

    Despite all of that watching Marino sling it was still alot of fun.

  11. To cut the “Dolphins had no defense” crowd at the pass – the Dolphins INTENTIONALLY skewed their team to the offensive side of the ball, and from there, dominated by the passing game versus the running game. Contemporary wisdom at the time was the Dolphins let the “Killer Bee” defense rot as more and more money was poured into Marino’s contract (he held out for more), the offensive line, and the keeping the receivers happy. In short, the passing game was subsidized by the rest of the team. It’s how Marino was able to stack up so much personal glory, but a one trick pony didn’t work back in the day (like the Chargers).

    The only real team success happened in that cross over season between the Killer Bees and Marino at his peak. After that began the long road of subsidzing the passing game at the expense of everything else. It wasn’t enough to win a championship, and the legacy is poor Marino was so great and it was everybody else’s fault. The reality is maybe if there was a concentration on a complete team instead of the skew, they might have been able to get something done. If they had, then Dan Marino probably would not have been DAN MARINO, but he might have had a ring.

  12. It’s ok Dan, you did more for that franchise than you will ever know…. 173 yrs later and we STILL haven’t found your replacement…ugh.

  13. Considering Marino is almost exclusively referred to as “The Greatest Quarterback Never To Win A Super Bowl,” and he has a career in NFL broadcasting, it’s not shocking to learn he still thinks about it.

  14. I grew up idolizing Marino and still can’t believe he went to only one Super Bowl. But I still cherish the great ride he gave us Dolfans.

  15. Marino’s story is both inspiring and heartbreaking for Dolphins fans.

    He never had a defense or running game to work with, and the team never really bottomed out to prompt a full rebuild during his tenure.

    For my money nobody threw it like Dan Marino, and he was the best ever in the two minute drill.

    According to at least one analysis he has 51 4th quarter/overtime wins, most all time: http://www.pro-football-reference.com/blog/?p=3392

  16. Football is the ultimate team game, and Marino is the best pure passer in NFL history. It’s a shame that he is ridiculed for never winning a Super Bowl when he never had a Super Bowl caliber team around him.

  17. Not only one of the great QBs of all time, but a real class act in a world of prima donas.
    His lack of a SB win does not diminish his stature one bit.

  18. If he wouldn’t have been an alledged pothead at Pitt, the Steelers might have taken him to replace Bradshaw and he’d probably have two or three Super Bowl titles.

  19. In all seriousness I am still carrying around my Baltimore Colts losing the ’69’ Super Bowl to the New York Jets. If I live forever I will never get over it-and unfortunately neither will Dan Marino……………………

  20. This guy was never great. NEVER. All he did was throw the ball. Football is a running game. The only possible way marino could be considered good is if you view his efforts through the “statistics” lens. As we all know you must WIN in the NFL, not post stats. Marino is Great in his relationships with the NFL money elite. Ya cant have both.

  21. If he played in todays NFL with these passer friendly rules he would have passed for 7,000 yards in a season. The picture is showing an illegal hit that was not a penalty 20 years ago.

  22. @ Forio,

    I apologize to you. There were no posts and I thought mine was the first. When I didn’t see it, I thought that you deleted it. Four post got in before mine made the trip through cyberspace.

  23. latrobe21 says:
    Jan 31, 2012 10:07 AM
    If he wouldn’t have been an alledged pothead at Pitt, the Steelers might have taken him to replace Bradshaw and he’d probably have two or three Super Bowl titles.

    Apparently the Steelers don’t have a problem with rapist’..

  24. Marino’s supporting cast on offense was amazing I mean look at all of those great receivers like Duper Clayton, Irving… Fryar, Orande….. Gadsen??? O.J. McDuffie???? Ok well those running backs like Terry Kirby…… Karim Abdul-Jabar???? Cecil Collins??? Rob Konrad??? Bernie Parmalee???

    Wow did Dan just go on the field himself and throw and catch to himself, that organization gave him absolutely nothing to work with!

  25. @latrobe21 says:
    Jan 31, 2012 10:07 AM
    If he wouldn’t have been an alledged pothead at Pitt, the Steelers might have taken him to replace Bradshaw and he’d probably have two or three Super Bowl titles.

    ___________________________

    ALLEGED! You even make a negative comment as you qualify your own comment.
    I guess that’s why our laws and moral values support “innocent until proven guilty.”
    Perhaps you might reconsider your own thinking. Every Steeler fan and the organization regrets the outcome.

  26. tommikula says:
    Jan 31, 2012 10:25 AM
    Marino’s supporting cast on offense was amazing I mean look at all of those great receivers like Duper Clayton, Irving… Fryar, Orande….. Gadsen??? O.J. McDuffie???? Ok well those running backs like Terry Kirby…… Karim Abdul-Jabar???? Cecil Collins??? Rob Konrad??? Bernie Parmalee???

    Wow did Dan just go on the field himself and throw and catch to himself, that organization gave him absolutely nothing to work with!

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    Most of those receivers wer average, Marino made them great. The RB’s were horrible all of them. Rob Konrad? What? Cecil Collins!!

    c’mon man!

  27. Let’s state a few facts here:

    1) The 49ers were flat out better than Miami. They had the #2 offense and a top. top defense that season. And Bill Walsh was the greatest coach of all time. There is no shame in losing to that awesome 49er team.

    2) The fact that Miami never won a SB with Marino falls squarely on Shula. He had complete control of the Miami organization and failed to even get the team back to the big dance. He drafted poorly, and continued to use poor coordinators after they showed themselves to be substandard.

    3) When comparing all-time great QBs, look at the stats of the Miami defense and running game during the Marino years. Look at how many HOF players he played with. The Marino-lead Dolphins were inferior in talent, and anyone who thinks that Montana, Elway, or anyone else could have won a SB with that roster is sadly mistaken.

  28. I have plenty of respect for Marino. It’s too bad he never won the Super Bowl, but it’s nice that he doesn’t stoop to revisionist fantasies like his fans to justify the lack of a Ring. Too say those Dolphin teams never had any talent is just stupid. Marino also played during a down period for the AFC. I think it’s much more damning that Marino only got to one Super Bowl.

    John Elway carried three very weak teams to the Super Bowl in 86, 87 and 89 before finally winning back to back in 97 and 98. I know he believes the wins validated his career, but true Bronco fans wouldn’t have loved him any less if he never would have hoisted Lombardi. True Dolphin fans feel the same way about Marino.

  29. I guess it has eluded you, that, the biggest thing they are playing for is the title, “World Champions”.

  30. it’s not Dan’s fault that he had no running game to go with an outstanding passing offense. Blame it on Shula. By the way Shula was not the “Winningest Coach in Football”, he just stayed around the longest. John Madden has the highest win percentage of any NFL coach that coached 10 years or longer so John Madden is the winningest coach in the NFL. Shula and Marino played together 12 years and averaged only 9.4 wins/season (corrected for a 16 game season).

  31. Reminds me of the scene in that Adam Sandler movie where he offers his soul for one more run to the super bowl, which of course never came. The devil was a Jets fan if i recall lol…

  32. Marino was an exceptional talent during his playing days, but to be considered one of the gretaest QB’s of all time , you have to win rings and have the personal stats.
    Marino has numbers , but as the years go by, Marino will just be a guy in some highlight films, his records will all fall. He was fun to watch, but franchises would rather have no name QB’s who help lead them to Super Bowl titles.

  33. ,
    no rings = failure

    He knows it and it is good he expresses it bothers him.

    the soccer mom mentality of EVERYONE must win needs to get out of football. He never won and it hurts.

  34. The Dolphins went to the Super Bowl the year before they drafted Marino, then they added Duper and Clayton, but somehow, they had no talent. Marino has taken his disappointment like a man. How come so many Dolphin fans are incapable of doing the same?

  35. You can see it in eyes, this great QB knows that and it’s eating at him every passing day.

    Blanda was 48yrs old when he played his last game, Howe was 51….try telling me that at 50yrs young, Marino isn’t in better shape?

    I’d like to see what he’s got left in that arm.

    Fins should starting building that O-Line.

  36. it’s nothing to cry over, c’mon… marino didn’t have a running game to compliment his arm and defense was suspect his entire career….not his fault, but still a great quarterback

  37. In the movie, Little Nicky, Marino asks the devil to trade his soul for a Super Bowl win claiming, “You did it for Namath.” The devil refuses explaining that Namath was coming here already. And, anyway, “I am a Jets fan.”

  38. I always believe that under today’s rules, that Marino probably would of passed over 6000 yards. Not to take anything away from today’s quarterbacks, but back in Marino, Montana, and Elway’s time, quarterbacks were fair game.

  39. At the point where Rex Grossman threw the TD pass to Mushin Muhammad to give the Bears a 14-10 lead, I thought Peyton Manning would end up the same way….Prior to that win, his career in many respects matched Marino’s…..Goes to show you, it’s a team game through and through. QB can’t do it by himself. But still, having one helps!!!

  40. Really, for most of his career, Marino had to carry that team on his shoulders. They were never known for a great running game or defense during his tenure, nor did he have guys like Stallworth and Swann, Rice and Taylor, Harrison and Wayne, etc. Duper and Clayton were good, but not all time greats.

  41. “The Dolphins went to the Super Bowl the year before they drafted Marino, then they added Duper and Clayton, but somehow, they had no talent”

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    Do a little research before posting moronic speculations about how talented the 84 Dolphins were, based on the 82 Dolphins.

    Bill Arnsparger left Miami and he was the key to their “Killer B” defense. They were never the same after he left. Also, Clayton and Duper were excellent WRs, but outside of them who did Miami have? No RB, no great defense, no great TE. Marino was carrying that team his whole career. Even Elway couldn’t win the SB until he had Terrell Davis on his team. Do you think Marino could have won a SB with TD and the Denver running game? I do.

  42. It’s called a TEAM sport. Marino didn’t play defense. His offensive output made up for a lot of defensive deficiencies.

  43. Mainly because Marino never bothered to learn how to sell a simple ball fake after handoffs. Too bad he didn’t develop the little parts of his game that didn’t involve zinging the ball downfield.

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