After months of back and forth, the Miami Dolphins announced a deal which will create a position in the front office for all-time great Dan Marino.
If you didn't know, Marino is a Hall of Fame quarterback who played for the Dolphins from 1984-2000. The Dolphins drafted Marino in the first round of the 1983 NFL draft. Marino is known for being durable and having one of the biggest arms to ever play football.
Marino set numerous NFL records including passing yards in a season and most touchdowns thrown in a season, both records stood for over twenty years only falling once the NFL changed rules weakening defenses.
Marino will join the Dolphins as a “special adviser.” Marino will contribute in a variety of capacities; one of those is expected to be as a mentor for Dolphins’ young quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
"Dan is unquestionably one of the greatest players in NFL history and his enthusiasm and passion for the Dolphins is inspiring to everyone here," said Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is a prepared statement released Sunday.
This marks the Marino’s second stint working in the Miami Dolphins’ front office. In 2004 Marino served as the Dolphins senior vice president of football operations. Citing family reasons, Marino resigned three weeks later.
Many assert Marino left the organization in 2004 because the front office refused to adopt Marino’s suggestions and in frustration he left the organization. The Dolphins have not made the playoffs in six years and prior to 2008 the Dolphins previous playoff season was 2001.
This time around the Dolphins are desperate for a playoff season and have likely signed Marino with some sort of guarantee regarding his input.
As team owner Stephen Ross said, "Dan is and will always be an important part of the Miami Dolphins, and we are excited to get him involved in a more formal way.”