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I believe it's Marino's and Young's first time up. So when are we going to get Art Monk inducted?


CANTON, Ohio -- The eyes that stared down defenses betrayed Dan Marino on Sunday. They were wet with tears as he took his place among the legends of football.

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Marino suspected he might break down and cry during his emotionally charged acceptance speech. He did so even before then, after his oldest son Daniel's introduction.

None of that on-field stoicism for the Miami Dolphins great, at least not on this sun-splashed day in front of thousands of fans in No. 13 jerseys, and amid chants of "D-A-N-N-Y."

"I'll remember this day for the rest of my life," Marino said.

Then he capped it by throwing -- what else? -- a perfect spiral into the audience to his former receiving partner, Mark Clayton.

Marino, the NFL's most prolific passer, joined Steve Young, Fritz Pollard and Benny Friedman in the shrine. Paying tribute to his Western Pennsylvania roots, Marino noted that John Unitas, Joe Namath, Joe Montana and Jim Kelly all came from the region. All are Hall of Famers.

"When I was younger, there's no doubt I thought about being Joe Namath," Marino said, adding that joining them in the Hall "definitely makes an impact on you."

Young suggested it was the first time only quarterbacks entered the Hall in one class, and he was partly right. Pollard was a running back who sometimes played QB.

"I'm proud to be part of this with Dan and the Pollard and Friedman families," Young said. "We are quarterbacks and that's what is neat about this position."

While Marino and Young had diverse styles, they both spent years at the top of their profession. Marino set NFL marks of 4,967 completions, 8,358 passes, 61,361 yards (nearly 35 miles) and 420 touchdowns. His record of 48 TD passes in the 1984 season, when he was MVP, was broken by Peyton Manning last year.

He also owned 21 NFL marks when he retired, including most seasons with 3,000 yards or more passing (13); most yards passing in one season (5,084 in '84, the only year he won a conference championship); and most games with 300 yards or more passing (63).

"I know individually you get the honor of being inducted in the Hall of Fame," Marino said, "but you see coach [Don] Shula up onstage and teammates and family and friends -- my mom and dad and wife and kids -- this day is for them."

The only achievement Marino didn't reach that Young did was winning a title. Young, the 1992 and '94 league MVP after taking over for Montana in San Francisco, and the career passing efficiency leader, guided the 49ers to the '94 championship. He also is the first left-handed QB in the Hall.

"I can taste the pride I felt to be able to put on a 49ers jersey and represent the great city of San Francisco," Young said. "In San Francisco, I found football in its newly enlightened form. I found heaven on Earth for football."
 

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I have a lot of respect for Dan Marino. Glad to see him where he belongs. Shame he never got a Super Bowl
 

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Blackduc said:
I have a lot of respect for Dan Marino. Glad to see him where he belongs. Shame he never got a Super Bowl

+1

Too bad he didn't get the jewelry. But, everyone knows he was a champion that played for shit teams.
 

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Blackduc said:
I have a lot of respect for Dan Marino. Glad to see him where he belongs. Shame he never got a Super Bowl
I agree. I actually had to argue with someone that said Trent Dilfer was better because he won a Superbowl. :bitchslap

And I am biased, being a Niner's fan, but Steve Young was one of, if not the gutsiest, grittiest QB's I've ever seen play. One of my favorite players ever.

Rascus said:
So when are we going to get Art Monk inducted?
Great question. Sometimes I can't figure this out. He had to be one of the greatest recievers of ALL time.
 
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