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Marino through the years

College: Graduated as Pitt's all-time leading passer. Earned All-America honors as a junior with 37 TDs and finished fourth in Heisman Trophy balloting.

1983: Named Rookie of the Year and was first rookie QB to start in Pro Bowl. Became first rookie since 1970 merger to lead a conference in passing (96.0).

1984: Set NFL records with 5,084 yards, 48 TDs and 362 completions. Posted AFC Championship Game marks with 421 yards and four TDs in 45-28 win over Pittsburgh. Threw for 318 yards and one TD on 29-for-50 passing in Super Bowl XIX loss to San Francisco.

1985: Led Miami to its third AFC title game in four years but his 248-yard, two-TD day wasn't enough in 31-14 loss to New England. Finished fourth in AFC in passing with 84.1 rating. Led AFC in yards (4,137), completions (336) and TDs (30).

1986: Became the quickest to reach 100 career TD passes, reaching the milestone in his 44th game to beat Johnny Unitas' 53. Set NFL record by throwing for 30 or more touchdowns for third straight season. Threw for 44 TDs, second-highest total ever behind his 48 in '84. Amassed 4,746 yards, the third-highest total in NFL history. Had six-TD game against Jets on Sept. 21.

1987: Did not play in replacement games to end streak of 50 consecutive starts. Streak of 30 straight games with at least one TD pass ended in Buffalo on Nov. 29.

1988: Became the 45th QB in NFL history to surpass 20,000 career passing yards. Was intercepted a career-high five times but also threw for team-record 521 yards in loss to the Jets. Broke Bob Griese's team mark of 192 career TD passes with first TD toss against Cleveland on Dec. 12.

1989: Topped Johnny Unitas' old mark of 121 games by becoming the fastest to throw for 200 career TDs in just 89 games. Reached 25,000 passing yards plateau with 11-yard completion to Mark Duper against Cleveland on Oct. 8. Logged sixth straight 3,000-yard season, just missing his fifth-4,000-yard season by three yards.

1990: Hit 30,000 career passing yards faster than anyone with 13-yard completion to Jim Jensen in 114th game (Dan Fouts needed 131 for previous mark). Led team in rushing for first time with one carry for 14 yards in 13-10 loss to the Raiders on Nov. 19. Achieved largest fourth-quarter comeback of his career by rallying Miami from 13 points down to beat the Chiefs in AFC first-round playoff game.

1991: Broke tie with Joe Montana by throwing NFL-record eighth straight 3,000-yard season. Became first QB in NFL history to throw for 20 or more TDs nine different times. Selected to play in sixth Pro Bowl but missed the game due to arthroscopic surgery on left knee.

1992: Joined Dan Fouts and Fran Tarkenton as only QBs to complete 3,000 passes. Extended own NFL record for most 3,000-yard seasons to nine. Also extended his NFL mark of most seasons with 20 or more TDs to 10. Led the league in passing yards (4,116) for the fifth time. Missed first snap since 1989 after sitting out one play due to a mild concussion and returned to throw the game-winning TD against Seattle. Tied Ken Stabler's NFL record for most consecutive postseason games with a TD pass (10) in 29-10 AFC title game loss to Buffalo.

1993: Limited to five games after tearing Achilles' tendon in right leg against Cleveland on Oct. 10. Season-ending injury stopped his streak of 145 straight games (excluding replacement games in '87). Went over 40,000 passing yards for his career with 11-yard completion to Irving Fryar against the Jets on Sept. 12.

1994: Led AFC in passing efficiency since 1986 with 89.2 rating. Joined Fran Tarkenton as only QBs to attempt 6,000 passes. Passed Dan Fouts to move into second place all-time in completions and passing yards and joined Fran Tarkenton in 300-career TD club. Drove Dolphins in position to beat San Diego in AFC Divisional Playoff but Pete Stoyanovich's 48-yarder sailed wide right.

1995: Broke Fran Tarkenton's all-time NFL marks for completions, passing yardage, touchdowns and pass attempts. Six-yard pass to Keith Byars on Oct. 8 gave him record-setting 3,687th completion. Nine-yard completion to Irving Fryar on Nov. 12 moved him past Tarkenton's 47,003 career yards. Six-yard pass to Byars on Nov. 26 gave him record-setting 343rd TD. Threw 6,468th career attempt (which fell incomplete to Randal Hill) to top Tarkenton on Dec. 11. Missed two games due to knee and hip injuries. Tied NFL playoff mark with 64 attempts in 37-22 AFC first-round playoff loss to Buffalo.

1996: Fractured his right ankle at Indianapolis on Sept. 23 and missed the next three games recovering from surgery. Became first QB in NFL history to reach 50,000-yard plateau with 36-yard completion to O.J. McDuffie on Nov. 10. Did not have a 300-yard game in a season for the first time.

1997: Became first QB to attempt 7,000 career passes. Registered first 300-yard game under Jimmy Johnson in 16-13 OT win against Tennessee. Started all 16 regular-season games for 10th time in his career. Was held without a TD pass for the first time in 14 career playoff games in 17-3 AFC first-round playoff loss to New England.

1998: Threw for 400th TD pass with seven-yarder to O.J. McDuffie against New Orleans on Nov. 29. Had first four-TD game in three years against Denver on Dec. 21. Recorded 13th season with 3,000 or more passing yards to take sole possession of NFL record. Failed to lead Miami to a TD in second straight road playoff game in 38-3 AFC Divisional Playoff defeat at Denver.

1999: Became NFL's first 60,000-yard passer with eight-yard completion to Tony Martin. Missed five games with neck injury. Finished regular season with career lows in passer rating (67.4) and completion percentage (55.3). Engineered 11-play, 85-yard drive for the winning score with 4:48 left in 20-17 AFC wild-card win at Seattle. Was 11-for-25 for 95 yards before being pulled early in the third quarter of 62-7 AFC Divisional Playoff loss at Jacksonville.

2000: Dan Marino retired on March 13. At the time he owned 25 NFL records outright and shared five others. On September 17, the Dolphins will retire his No. 13, induct him into the Dolphins Honor Roll and present him with a life size statue to be placed in front of Pro Player Stadium.

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