Dan Marino is widely considered the greatest quarterback to never win a Super Bowl and he is exposing one little-known fact about his playing time.
In the later stages of his career, he said he considered getting out of Miami to play for a contending team. He said he had offers from teams that were in a better position to reach the Super Bowl and considered an offer at one point.
“I definitely thought about it,” Marino told Sports Seriously. “I played 17 years for the Dolphins, and they were kind of going in a new direction with a new coach, and I had offers to go play other places and really thought about it and maybe had a chance to win a championship like Matthew Stafford has done.”
“Minnesota was interested in me, in what would’ve been my 18th season, [and the] Pittsburgh Steelers talked to me,” he said. “Those two were the main teams.”
Instead, the Steelers stuck with Kordell Stewart and the Vikings went with Daunte Culpepper.
Marino certainly would not be the only Hall of Fame quarterback to suit up for another team as Joe Montana, Brett Favre, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady all made decisions to leave.
“I thought about it for a long time; it just didn’t feel right,” Marino said. “I just decided I’ll just be a Dolphin for life, and it’s worked out great. But I did, I will tell you that. I did think about that.”
Marino was named to nine Pro Bowls, was the 1984 MVP, a three-time First-Team All Pro, and a three-time Second-Team All Pro who led the NFL in passing yards five times.