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 >>
Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass, Jacksonville (Ponte Vedra Beach)
With the raised mounds of grass at Sawgrass that serve as stadium seating for the PGA Players Championship, stepping up to the tee there will make anyone feel like a pro. For the NFL great, he humbly says his son is closer to being the real thing at Sawgrass than he is. "I really like Sawgrass. It's just really hard," Marino says. "My son is on the golf team there, and he wins most of the time, which means he's pretty good because I'm decent." Marino notes that he plays at Sawgrass only sparingly, in order to minimize the damage to his handicap, thanks to treacherous holes like the par 3, 132-yard 17th, known simply as the Island Green – one of golf's most famously difficult holes. "Just the drama of that, when you see the best players in the world playing Sawgrass and then you get a chance to play it..." Considering this is coming from a guy who played in the Super Bowl, it's one heck of an endorsement.