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The hiring of Dan Marino as a special advisor to the team makes sense in so many different ways. I was fortunate enough to cover every game in Marino’s Hall of Fame career. I saw him mature. I admired both his knowledge of the game and the impact he had on others.
It’s a natural fit. He is not only a bridge to the past, but a bridge to the future as well. He loves this franchise, cherishes all of those wonderful seasons and understands where he resides in the hearts of the fans.
First we need to state the obvious: Don’t even think about it, he no longer has his fastball. It’s more like a change-up now. But he does have plenty to bring to this franchise.
Foremost, he will serve as excellent sounding board for owner Stephen Ross and CEO Tom Garfinkel and can certainly help with a wide variety of team related business interests from Season Ticket Member to corporate sponsors to stadium issues.
He will also create a buzz in the community. You find a Dolphins fan, you’ll find a Marino fan. The two go hand-in-hand. There is a reason you still see so many No. 13 jerseys at Dolphins games. Just having Marino back in an official capacity will inspire fan interest. In some ways, for those who know Marino well, it even provides a sense of comfort.
I don’t expect him to have much of a direct involvement in the football operation, certainly not in any official capacity. But Joe Philbin has welcomed him at practice and I know he and Dennis Hickey value Marino’s accomplishments, his expertise and his opinions.
Bottom Line: This is a win-win for everyone involved.
Wonder on sick days if Don Strock is going to back him up? You know, just like old times.
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