Marino talks about Hall

We're a little more than two weeks away from the day a lot of Dolphins fans have been waiting for ever since Dan Marino retired: his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Needless to say, the former Miami quarterback is getting more and more excited as the big day draws closer. Marino talked about the Hall of Fame and his career on Thursday when he conducted a couple of press conferences, one with the South Florida media and the other with a national group.

Marino said he wasn't quite done yet with his acceptance speech, although he said he had spent a lot of time thinking about it. As for the speech of his presenter, 18-year-old son Daniel, Marino said Daniel wouldn't give him any hints.

Looking back on his career, Marino made sure to acknowledge his teammates, as well as former coach Don Shula, and said it would be difficult to single out any one particular game as standing out, although he did mention the 1985 Monday night victory over the Chicago Bears, who came into the game at 12-0 and would go on to finish the season 15-1.

Here are some of Marino's comments from the two press conferences:

On whether he is uncomfortable at all about this being all about him since he was always a team player: "There is no doubt. It is a great honor, believe me, but there is no one that's ever got to the Hall of Fame by themselves. Football is a team game. It's always been a team game and there are so many people involved that are a part of your career and a part of why you've been successful in not only football, but life and the things that happen in life that are a part of that, too. In some ways because football players are made up as individuals that deal with team sports and have to rely on other people, it is a little uncomfortable. But it's going to be nice."

On whether the Hall of Fame was ever a goal of his: "I don't think that anybody, when they start in the NFL, sets out to be in the Hall of Fame. When I first got here, I wanted to be the starting quarterback for the Dolphins, I wanted to be successful, I wanted to win a Super Bowl. To think about the Hall of Fame would be stretching it a little bit. But as your career goes on and I had the success, then you know there is a possibility, you definitely know that."

On what he was thinking during the 1984 season when he broke the season TD passes mark: "When we were doing that at the time, we were just going out, having fun and winning games. There wasn't a bar set or a level of play we were trying to achieve other than just win games. And it happened. Unlike this year with Peyton (Manning), there was a lot of tension brought to that because I had thrown 48 touchdowns and the media brings the attention to it because of what I was able to do and what he was accomplishing this year. I think two games before I broke the record that year [the Public Relations Director] came up to me and he might have said, ‘Hey, if you get eight more touchdowns you're going to break the touchdown record.' So none of that ever really came into your mind at that point. We were just having fun trying to win games."

On if there was ever a point in his career that he knew the numbers he were putting up would get him into the Hall of Fame: "You don't think of it from that respect. But because of the media you can compare yourself. If you read the media guide, it compares you to all the other quarterbacks that are in the Hall of Fame. I'd be lying to you if I didn't tell you it's in the back of your mind at a certain point in your career."

On if he thinks he is the most influential athlete ever to have played in South Florida: "That's for you to say, not me. It's nice that you actually ask that question, but it is not really for me to say that."

On if he regrets not playing the 2000 season with Minnesota: "Yeah, I had a chance to go to Pittsburgh, too. I could have gone there. I don't think anybody knew that, but I could have gone to Pittsburgh and a few other places. Minnesota was the one that everyone was harping on at the time and I probably could have played. I just kept thinking back at the time how my body felt the year before. For me, there was something special about playing 17 years at one place, and I think that is never going to change. Although I was pretty close to doing it, it just didn't feel right. Sometimes you have to go by instincts and your emotions. That's why I probably didn't do it. I probably could have played another year, no doubt."

On whether he ever watches a game and wish he were still playing: "Wish, yes; play, no. The body, it's funny how it goes. It would be awfully dangerous for me to go out and try to play right now because I couldn't get out of the way, first of all. Taking hits gets tough as you get older. The hits at the end of my career, they took a lot longer to recover from. Do I wish I could still play? Yeah, because it's something you can never do again the rest of your life and it was such a big part of your life, and I enjoyed the competition. I don't think that will ever leave you as a player. If any player ever tells you different, then they're lying to you."

On whether he could ever envision himself returning to the game in a coaching capacity: "You never know what life brings, but I doubt that. I doubt it very much. Things happen and you change your mind. I love what I'm doing now. I'm doing television. I love playing some golf and enjoying some of the other things that go on in my life, so I would doubt that, but you never know."

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