Since last Sept. 25, Miami quarterback Dan Marino has thrown 497 passes without being sacked. That is almost certainly an NFL record, though the league doesn't track sacks of individual quarterbacks. Marino's streak is due less to the strength of his offensive line—Miami finished 28th in rushing last year—than to his quick release. Then there are the guys who read and wait before passing. "With me, linemen have time because I'm going to hold on to the ball as long as I need to," says the Giants' Phil Simms, who has been the most frequently sacked signal caller over his last 497 attempts. "Sacks are overrated." SI looked at the last 497 regular-season pass attempts of starting NFL quarterbacks. Below is a list of those who have gone down most often during Marino's amazing streak.
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