Miami Dolphins fans you have two Hall of Fame Quarterbacks, two that are considered in the grouping of 'The All-Time Greats". The big question is, if you were the GM and both Dan Marino and Bob Griese were sitting there for you with the No. 1 pick, which HOF'er would you choose to start your team? The consistent Bob, who led you to three consecutive Super Bowl's including your only two SB wins or the laser-armed Dan, who led you to one Super Bowl but no wins, and is considered to be possibly "The Greatest" QB of all-time?
Both QB's are legends; while I'd say probably not necessary to list what each did in bringing their talents to South Beach (Thanks for the forever usable quote LeBron), here is a sampling of what you the GM will be adding to your organization starting with the most important position:
Played 17 seasons in the NFL, all for the Dolphins. Until passed by Brett Favre, Marino held the record for almost every major quarterback statistical category. Marino's NFL Hall Of Fame bio includes: Follow link for full H.O.F. Bio (Courtesy of NFL Hall of Fame). Marino earned the starting role early in his rookie season and, for the next 17 years the fortunes of the franchise rode on his shoulders. By the time he retired following the 1999 NFL season, Marino had literally rewritten the passing section of the NFL's record book.
Statistically speaking: (At time of enshrinement): Most prolific passer in NFL history – career statistics include 4,967 completions, 8,358 attempts for 61,361 yards, and 420 touchdowns. . .First player ever to pass for 5,000 yards in a season, threw then-record 48 TDs, 1984. . .Recorded thirteen 3,000-yard seasons. . .First or second team All-Pro eight times. . .All-AFC six times. . . . .Selected to nine Pro Bowls - Led Miami to Super Bowl XIX. While Marino never won "The Big Game", his stats are hard to argue with, and quite frankly his not winning a ring was due in major part to the Dolphins' franchise not placing around him key pieces to win in a team sport, such as a formidable rushing attack (at best it was probably Tony Nathan) and defensively the Dolphins for most of Marino's career went with the same group-theme from glory's past, the "No Name Defense"
Played 14 seasons in the NFL, all for the Dolphins. Griese's NFL Hall of Fame Bio includes: Follow link for full H.O.F. Bio (Courtesy of NFL Hall Of Fame). The Dolphins' No. 1 draft choice in their second year in 1967. He enjoyed an excellent rookie season with 2,005 yards and 15 touchdowns passing and, for the remainder of his Hall of Fame career, he was the poised leader of a classic ball-control offense that generated an awesomely efficient running attack, three AFC championships in 1971, 1972 and 1973 and victories in Super Bowls VII and VIII. A six-time Dolphins MVP, he was named All-Pro in 1971 and 1977, and All-AFC four times (1970, 1971, 1973, and 1977).
Statistically speaking: Career Stats: 25,092 yards, 192 TDs, 77.1 rating passing; 994 yards, 7 TDs rushing. Griese was certainly not the statistical machine that Marino was, but its hard to argue with his results!
Fan/GM of the Dolphins, you decide, which of these NFL H.O.F. greats would you pick as your No.1?
What would actually be a more intriguing question is: Don Shula coached both Marino & Griese, to a combined 4 Super Bowls, which guy would Coach Shula pick to start his team with if he were GM? Laser-armed Dan or Consistent (with two-rings) Bob?