Former NFL Miami Dolphins Quarterback
Success in business, as on a football field, starts with leadership and productivity — two areas in which Dan Marino ranks second to none. He was the undisputed field general of the Miami Dolphins for 17 seasons and, in the process, generated spectacular numbers that carried directly to the bottom line of winning. Thanks to…
Success in business, as on a football field, starts with leadership and productivity — two areas in which Dan Marino ranks second to none. He was the undisputed field general of the Miami Dolphins for 17 seasons and, in the process, generated spectacular numbers that carried directly to the bottom line of winning. Thanks to his achievements en route to becoming the NFL’s all-time career passing leader, Dan Marino is a household name. His current roles as analyst for CBS Sports and host of HBO’s Inside the NFL, have only enhanced his stature and visibility in the national media. As a result, businesses around the country are learning what South Florida has known for years. Dan Marino embodies a winning combination of leadership, competitive spirit, and strength of character with which anyone would be proud to associate.
Dan Marino, NFL legend, was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame on August 7, 2005. Marino played for the Miami Dolphins in the NFL Football League and is widely recognized as one of the greatest quarterbacks in football history. His one time coach, Don Shula, said of Marino, “To me, Dan is the greatest competitor among the over 2,000 athletes I have ever coached”.
Dan Marino rewrote the National Football League record book in his 17-year career, setting career records for passing yards (61,361), completions (4,967), and touchdown passes (420), and earning nine Pro Bowl berths. Dan Marino, Jr. was born September 15, 1961 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh where he also starred in baseball and won Parade All-American honors in football. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals baseball team in 1979 amateur draft, but decided to play college football instead. He played college ball at the University of Pittsburgh from the 1979 to 1982 seasons. His college career was impressive and in 2002 he was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame. He was a first round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins in 1983 and became an instant NFL sensation. His 17-year career set the standard for quarterback excellence with his never-quit style of play. He holds 25 NFL regular season records and is tied for five others. In the 1984 season alone, he completed an incredible 48 touchdown passes. He positioned the Dolphins as perennial championship contenders, playing in 18 post-season playoff games and leading the club to the Super Bowl in 1985 against San Francisco. He retired at the end of the 1999 season.
In 1992, Marino and his wife, Claire, established The Dan Marino Foundation, after their son, Michael was diagnosed with autism. The foundation has distributed over $7 million to research, services and treatment programs serving children with neurodevelopment disabilities. On November 7, 2005, the National Basketball Association’s Miami Heat honored Marino’s charitable works and recognized his service to South Florida with a halftime tribute, including a large donation to The Marino Foundation.
Dan is now a commentator for both CBS’s “The NFL Today Show” and HBO’s “Inside the NFL”, during the football season.
His media credits also include acting in the 1994 comedy “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” alongside Jim Carrey and Courteney Cox, as well as making a cameo appearance in the Adam Sandler film “Little Nicky” where he asks Satan for a Super Bowl ring. He has also guest-starred as himself in The Simpsons episode “Sunday, Cruddy Sunday” (first aired January 31, 1999).
Ernie was perfect for our Elders Conference at Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Michigan. We will definitely be using PDA again!
LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
Our speaker was great and the crowd enjoyed her! She was very engaging. Thank you again PDA for the great list of suggestions!
Everything went great! and our speaker was wonderful! Thank you so much for all your help PDA! Looking forward to the next one.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
I hope that this message finds you well. We had a phenomenal time with Atsuko this past Thursday. We wanted to just let you know how amazing she was. All those that were in attendance thoroughly enjoyed her and had nothing but amazing things to say about her. Thank you for working with us to make sure this happened!
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
We had a fantastic day with Inge! She was very engaging with all those that attended. Her personal stories about the holocaust were very special and we were moved that she was willing to share them with everyone. Thank you again, PDA for all your hard work and dedication to make this program such a success!
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dear PDA Group, Thank you so much for your hard work in scheduling our speaker! From the moment we reached out to you the first time, you worked with us on all details and logistics and kept us up-to-date on the progress. Thank you for all your hard work on making our event such a success! We couldn't have done it without you and your team!
Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
Dr. Henry Lee's presentation was entertaining, insightful and wise. I, and everyone at Pfizer, especially appreciate the remarks you directed about following your passion and preparing yourself to excel. Thank you, everyone, at PDA for helping to make this happen!
The event was successful! I received many messages expressing how awesome, outstanding and inspiring Ms. Webb-Christburg's speech was."
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Novello left this morning after a very successful event on our campus! Thank you PDA Group for your help from the first phone to the last you were with us every step of the way.
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
On behalf of myself and my organization Entertainment Unlimited the Campus Programming Board of Ferris State University, we thank you PDA and Dan for a successful event!! Dan was magnificent! Students really enjoyed the presentation. I know I did. Can't wait to bring in more programs with PDA Group.
FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
It was a great pleasure to work with PDA Group! The communication was always prompt, friendly and helpful. We loved the speakers and events we booked through Mr. Peter Walker (PDA Group).
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
A Conversation With Dan Marino
Dan Marino's 2008 Pitt Commencement Address
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