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 >>
Doral Golf Resort & Spa Silver, Miami
The one knock on Marino's career is that he never was able to score that Super Bowl ring. But after a long career of getting pancaked by 300-pound linemen in 240 games started, Marino is happy to stay involved with sports now as a retiree and celebrity. Still his competitive spirit has clearly never waned, as evidenced by his borderline, if happy, obsession with golf. Doral Golf Resort & Spa Silver is a special course for Marino, not least because it was the site of one of his early golf milestones. "I had just started playing and we were in a tournament with the club pro there," Marino recalls. "And I got a double eagle. It's tougher to do than a hole in one." It's also home to the famed Bermuda Triangle of holes 13 through 15, so just lower your expectations for similar glory and simply enjoy the ride.