Exclusive Q&A: Miami Dolphins legend Dan Marino
Dan Marino and Joe Montana are both touring on behalf of the World Fantasy Football Championships, which will be in San Diego Dec. 12-13.
Along with the viewing party on Sunday, where 120 contestants will battle for $12 million –- with $3 million going to the winner –- sponsor FanDuel will also have a fun physical combine on Saturday.
The 50-yard course includes: a ball pit, a tire run and moving swinging heavy bags, a climbing wall and uprights to kick a ball through and, last but not least, a life-size beer pong game against Marino himself.
The Dolphins legend sat down with AOL Sports this week to discuss the event and other fun questions.
Q: How did you get involved with this really cool event?
A: They asked me to be involved, and it's the first interactive combine for fantasy football owners. I get to hang out with my good friend Joe Montana, so that's cool. We'll have the chance to be around the winners, throw the football around a little bit, so I'm looking forward to it.
Q: Have you ever played fantasy football?
A: Yeah, you know what, I'm more of an amateur. I'd done some fantasy stuff with some buddies for fun. Maybe I shouldn't say that (laughs). But I used to do it a little bit when I was doing TV, but more or less, for fun.
Q: If fantasy was as prominent as it is now, back in your prime, who would be your top 3 picks?
A: Well, I'd be a first round pick every time. I don't mind saying it. For sure (laughs). But who else? Maybe someone like Eric Dickerson, a Hall of Famer with the Rams in St. Louis. Jerry Rice would probably be the guy to have on your time. And you wouldn't want to pick Joe Montana. You can tell him that (laughs).
Q: Now you're working with the Dolphins after having transitioned from TV. Which job do you enjoy more?
A: I've enjoyed being back around the team. It's been a lot of fun being around the players. TV was great and it was fun while it lasted, and it was a great experience. But this is really great, being around the team.
Q: What's the most fun part about the job?
A: I'm an adviser to the CEO and the owner and I also help on the football side. The fun part is the football. It's been a part of my life since I was eight years old. It's fun to be around, maybe help someone here and there. It's cool.
Q: Have you found the time to take Ryan Tannehill under your wing?
A: Ryan has coaches and coordinators and all that. I'm around enough for him to ask for help. It's more or less his coaches, though. Ryan does his own thing.
Q: Do you still get the itch to play, being around the team so often now?
A: Yes. Before games, on Sundays, you get that feeling. You feel it in your bones. That's OK. There's nothing wrong with it. You ask anyone who loves the game, they're gonna get that feeling. It never leaves you. And I do get that.
Q: Would you ever consider coaching? Pro? Even high school?
A: Nope. Not coaching anymore.
Q: You were honored at your high school recently. Do any high school memories trump those of college or pro?
A: I don't know about trump, but they are all good. To go back there the other day, to my school –- the tradition, the love for that school, it overflows there. It was outstanding to go. The kids loved it, it was fun for me. It was a great day.
Q: When went back to the high school, did you talk to the team's quarterback?
A: I did. He's a sophomore. He's been doing a great job. They have great tradition there, and I don't think that'll change.
Q: Looking back, what do you think is your biggest accomplishment?
A: I think it's really just playing 17 years, being a pro, doing what I love doing. The Dolphins, my teammates were able to count on me every week and play and compete. That's something ill always remember. Broke a lot of records, Hall of Fame and all that, but I'd say it's lining up every week, playing at high level and playing the best I possibly can.