No ring, but Marino is headed for Hall


Twenty years after playing in - and losing - his only Super Bowl, Dan Marino likely will be elected to the Hall of Fame next week.

The Associated Press
Published: Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 12:25 a.m.
DAVIE - Twenty years ago this month, Dan Marino played in his only Super Bowl - and lost.
That blemish on the resume won't prevent the NFL's most prolific passer from being elected next week to the Hall of Fame. But for Marino, the memory of a less-than-super Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers gnaws nonetheless.
''I wish I won,'' Marino said Friday. ''Over 20 years, that's what you think about. I never got that opportunity again. That's the one feeling I'll never have as a player. You've got to live with that. That's being honest with you.
''That's the one thing a lot of quarterbacks have felt - to walk off the field and say you won the Super Bowl. I've had every other feeling you possibly can have in the league.''
That includes plenty of fourth-quarter comebacks, last-second heroics and record-setting performances with the Miami Dolphins, which is why Marino is considered a lock for Canton.
Hall of Fame election results for 15 finalists will be announced in Jacksonville next Saturday, the eve of the Super Bowl.
Marino discusses his impending honor reluctantly, wary of sounding presumptuous.
''It's humbling to even think about the opportunity to get into the Hall of Fame,'' the 43-year-old said, ''when you think about all the years the league has been in existence and all the incredible players.''

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