Marino threw for 61,361 yards, 420 touchdowns and was 147-93 (61%) as a starting quarterback for the Dolphins. He also was 8-10 in the playoffs, but he never had an elite defense or an elite running game. Marino was expected to carry the offense, he never had enough help or a well-rounded offense that most QB’s need to win a SB. In his second season, he made it to the Big Game but the loaded 49ers blew out Miami, 38-16.
Marino was a nine-time Pro Bowler, he was the NFL’s Rookie of the Year in 1983, he was the first QB to ever throw for 5,000 yards in a season (1984), set an NFL-record with 48 TD passes in 1984, 1984 Offensive player of the year, 1984 Most Valuable Player, two-time UPI AFC player of the year, and has 31 Dolphins team records.
Moon took a different road to the NFL as he started his career in the Canadian Football League from 1978-1983 with the Edmonton Eskimos after going undrafted after playing two seasons at the University of Washington. He led Edmonton to five straight Grey Cup wins (CFL’s version of the SB) before he decided to go to the NFL.
He had a remarkable career, throwing for 49,325 yards and 291 TD’s. He was barely .500 as a starter (102-101), but he played on some truly bad teams with the Houston Oilers. They were a a combined 12-33 his first three seasons, but he went 90-68 his next 14 seasons. The turning point in his career came when Jerry Glanville was hired by the Oilers in 1986 and Glanville was able to utilize Moon’s strengths, mainly his strong arm.
Moon was a nine-time Pro Bowler, two-time UPI First Team All-AFC, AP Offensive player of the year in 1990 and AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1990).
Kelly is currently fighting for his life in his battle with sinus cancer, he recently left the hospital after undergoing his radiation treatment. Like Moon, he started his career by going a different route in the United States Football League with the Houston Gamblers before joining the Bills when the USFL folded.
On the field, Kelly led the hard-luck Bills to four straight Super Bowl appearances from 1990-1993, but they never managed to win one. Kelly, Thurman Thomas, and Andre Reed led a prolific offense under head coach Marv Levy and they never managed to win the biggest game. Kelly seemed to struggle in the biggest games, he had just two TD’s to seven interceptions in his four SB appearances and threw 21 TD’s to 28 INT’s in his 17 career postseason games.
Kelly threw for 35,467 yards and 237 TD’s during his 11-year career. He led Buffalo to a 101-59 record (63%) and 9-8 in the playoffs.
He was a five-time Pro Bowler, AP First-team All-Pro and is the only QB to ever lead his team to four straight SB’s.
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