I was definitely a fan before Dan. But he certainly didn't hurt the fandom.
I am 42 and I became a fan of our Miami Dolphins at age 12. My dad and brother are Chicago Bears fans I was too growing up. I rebelled against them when I heard of the Dolphins (that is my favorite animal) that year they went to the Super Bowl against the Redskins. I went to that Super Bowl XVII at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. I used to live in Rialto, CA and my Dad knew a good friend of his and got us tickets. We lost 27-17.
Then Dan came to our team in '83. No, I became fan inspite of Dan Marino. But, I got to watched the GREATEST QB EVER TO PLAY IN THE NFL which made it even better for me as a fan.
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I was born in 83 so........
Became a fan when Fins played in the American Bowl in Germany in '92...at the time I didn't know too much about DM yet...so first Fins-fan and then die-hard Marino-fan as well. Go Fins!!!
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I became a Miami Dolphins fan in 1970 because of Don Shula and football was just starting to get interesting down here in south Florida.
Before his arrival, it was very Ireland-like.
I was a fan since early 72 season. Dan was great and it was not his fault we didn't win a superbowl with. I did enjoyed watching him play. We were always in the game as lpong as there was time on the clock.