Miami's Marino Retires

Dan Marino, the most prolific passer in National Football League history, announced his retirement Monday after 17 years with the Miami Dolphins. “I can say I have been blessed with a career greater than I could imagine,” the quarterback, 38, said at a highly charged news conference that was frequently punctuated with tears. “Most of all I am going to miss Sunday afternoons.” Marino cited health and family reasons for his departure. The right arm that threw a league-record 61,361 yards (34.9 miles) began to fail him last season. His only regret: never winning a Super Bowl. Even so, as he retires, Marino is widely considered the greatest quarterback never to win an NFL championship

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