August 07, 2005

Marino timeline

1961: On Sept. 15, Daniel Constantine Marino, Jr., is born in Pittsburgh to Daniel and Veronica Marino. He grows up in a blue-collar neighborhood, with his parents and two younger sisters, Cindi and Debbie.

1979: By his senior year, he is selected to the Parade High School All-American team, recruited by numerous major universities and is drafted to play baseball for the Kansas City Royals.

1983: Marino throws 20 touchdowns, wins league Rookie of the Year honors and leads the Dolphins to the playoffs. He also becomes the first rookie quarterback to start in the Pro Bowl.

1984: Marino throws for 5,084 yards and 48 touchdowns, both NFL records, and leads the Dolphins to a 14-2 record and the Super Bowl, in which they lose 38-16 to the San Francisco 49ers.

1985: Marino marries Claire on Jan. 30. The Dolphins go 12-4, with Marino throwing for 30 touchdowns.

1986: The first of Dan and Claire's six children, Daniel Charles, is born in September. Marino throws for 4,746 yards and 44 touchdowns.

1988: Son Michael Joseph is born in May. Dan teams with golf pro Dan Pohl to win the AT&T Pebble Beach National ProAm Championship.

1989: Son Joseph Donald is born in July.

1992: Daughter Alexandra Claire is born. The Dan Marino Foundation is created.

1994: Marino is a Pro Bowler again, one year after tearing his Achilles tendon. Marino plays himself in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and serves as the Dolphins' United Way representative.

1995: Michael Marino is diagnosed as autistic, news that launches Dan and Claire's ongoing efforts to build awareness about the condition and raise funds for research.

1998: In recognition for his on-field performance and off-field community and charity activities, Dan wins the NFL Man of the Year Award.

1999: Niki Lin is adopted. On the field, in his final season, Marino becomes the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for 60,000 career yards.

2000: Marino's jersey number, 13, is retired on Sept. 17. The Dolphins also install a life-size bronze statue of Marino at Pro Player Stadium and rename Stadium Street, Dan Marino Boulevard.

2001: Lia is adopted. Marino becomes a host of HBO's Inside the NFL.

2003: Joins the on-air staff of CBS' The NFL Today as a studio analyst.

2005: On Feb. 5, Dan is elected on the first ballot to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

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