- Date of Birth:
- September 15, 1961
- 6' 4"
Dan Marino (born Daniel Constantine Marino, Jr. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 15, 1961) is a former American football quarterback who played for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. Dan is known as one of the greatest quarterbacks in football history, holding or having held almost every major NFL passing record. Originally drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1979, he instead decided to play college football, where he got himself noticed.
Though Dan has never been on a Super Bowl-winning team, he is the quarterback that young players aspire to be like. He is best known for his quick release and powerful arm, and he led his team to the playoffs ten times in his seventeen-season career. In 1999, Dan was ranked number 27 on The Sporting News list of the 100 greatest football players, making him the highest-ranking Dolphins player ever. He was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 2005.
Best Known For:
Being an American football quarterback for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League, and for fathering a love child.
Dan married his wife Claire in 1985, and they currently live in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. They have four children: Daniel (born 1986), Michael (born 1988), Joseph (born 1989), Alexandra (born 1992), and they have two adopted daughters from China: Lia (born 1995) and Niki Lin (born 1996).
In January 2013, Dan admitted that he fathered a love child with a CBS employee called Donna Savattere in 2005, whom he paid millions to stay quiet. She gave birth to his daughter, called Chloe, whom she now raises with her husband. Dan and Claire have not separated over the matter.
Dan released a statement regarding the matter on Jan. 30 2013: “This is a personal and private matter. I take full responsibility both personally and financially for my actions now as I did then. We mutually agreed to keep our arrangement private to protect all parties involved.”