We could all argue till the cows come home, but the statistics just don't lie: Any way you pile it, a list of the best quarterbacks of all time should have Dan Marino scrambling for the top spot. Consider his 147 career wins (third-most all-time), or six 4,000-yard seasons (just one of two players); his 420 career touchdowns (second all-time), or 36 4th-quarter-comeback wins (most ever), or his countless passing records. But did you know the Dolphins legend also has a three handicap?
An expert in the pocket during his playing days, the 51-year-old has now forged an unlikely but accomplished amateur golf career. We caught up with the 1984 NFL MVP at Samsung's Hope for Children benefit, where he explained that while you can no longer play him on the gridiron, you can play just like him on some of Florida's best courses where he's a regular. Marino gave the lowdown on his choicest greens, as well as what it's like to take money from Greg Norman and watch a teenage Tiger Woods tear it up. Launch Gallery >>
Adios Golf Club, Ft. Lauderdale
"Adios Golf Club in Fort Lauderdale is my main club," says Marino, who has been a member for 20 years. Designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer and named by former jockey Delvin Miller after one of harness racing's greatest studs, Adios is Marino's main club. "You can go up there and play quick," Marino says. "It's just a fun place." It's also an all men's club, with a clientele that's seemingly a whirlwind who's who of American sports. "Alex Rodriguez is a member there, Chris Carter, Carl Yastrzemski. I play with them occasionally," Marino says. "Bernard Langer, Andy Mill, the fisher. They're all pretty good." Topping the list, though, is the time Marino played against Michael Jordan. "It was a lot of fun because he's competitive," Marino says. "He likes to win, he likes the game." Marino says money changed hands in the end, but is coy about how much (or who won).