Finally, last Friday he told Green thanks but no thanks. He told Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga, much to Huizenga's relief, that he'd never wear another uniform. On Monday, Marino drove to the Dolphins' training complex at Nova-Southeastern University to tell the world. Eerily, on Saturday the college had hosted something called The End of Life Seminar.
For Marino, who will look at his employment options in television and business, this is hardly the end. But for the fans who lined the street on Monday outside the Dolphins' practice facility in number 13 jerseys, it sure seemed like it.
Inside, before a packed house, Marino got choked up a few times, but at one point he smiled and said, "Come on. This should be a good, positive day." It was, especially after Huizenga told Marino that his number would be retired, that a statue of him would be erected outside Pro Player Stadium and that a street would be named after him.
Huizenga spoke for every Miami fan, however, when he looked at Marino and said, "The greatest disappointment as a team owner and a Dolphins fan is that you never won a Super Bowl." Which is why saying no to Minnesota, though probably the right thing, was such a hard thing for Marino to do.