DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- Dan Marino, the NFL's most prolific passer, retired today after 17 years as quarterback of the Miami Dolphins.
''I'm going to miss it,'' Marino said. ''I'm going to miss everything about it.''
Marino, 38, wanted to go out like John Elway and retire as a Super Bowl champion. But after parting ways with the Dolphins, he reluctantly rejected an offer to play this year for the Minnesota Vikings.
''I can say I have been blessed with a career greater than I could imagine,'' Marino said at a news conference at the Dolphins' training facility. ''Most of all I am going to miss Sunday afternoons.''
Marino's wife, children, parents and former coach Don Shula were with him in the team meeting room -- the same location used for the departure speeches by Shula and and another former coach, Jimmy Johnson.
Marino departs owning or being tied for most of the league's passing records. During his career, he completed 4,967 passes for 61,361 yards and 420 touchdowns, all NFL records. In 1984, his second season, Marino threw for 5,084 yards and 48 touchdowns, both still league records.
Marino's decision follows Johnson's retirement Jan. 16. Marino clashed frequently last season with Johnson, who criticized his quarterback for poor decisions and costly turnovers.
Their final bid to win a Super Bowl together ended with a 62-7 playoff loss at Jacksonville, the most lopsided defeat in franchise history. Johnson retired the next day and was succeeded by Dave Wannstedt, who repeatedly refused to say whether he wanted Marino back.
Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga hugged Marino after his announcement.
''Just because you didn't win a Super Bowl doesn't mean you weren't a champion,'' Huizenga said.
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