NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Dan Marino is Mr. Miami, but he says that fact has no bearing on why he wants to see the Super Bowl played in South Florida every year for the rest of time.
Marino, as it turns out, also knows a little something about playing quarterback in the NFL and how the arms of the most important players on the field are what make the world go ’round.
Speaking at the Sheraton hotel in Midtown on Tuesday, the Hall of Fame signal-caller said Miami should be the NFL championship game’s permanent host because it offers the best conditions to play in.
“To me, I know everyone is excited about it being in New York, but it should be in Miami every year,” Marino said, according to the New York Post. “You work so hard to get in that position and then for weather to be a factor, that’s tough. We all know it’s part of football, but it’s not ideal. I guess I’m biased.”
Marino may indeed be biased, but not because he played his entire career with the Dolphins. He was one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play and said he understands what optimal weather means for a league that worships the passing game. He said he expects the quarterbacks set to do battle in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium won’t have to deal with frigid temperatures, but the wind in that building is always an issue.
“The hardest thing to do is to throw in wind, snow, sleet, that kind of weather,” Marino said. “Those are tough conditions. I think they should be able to handle everything else. It’s not supposed to be below-zero out, so Peyton should be fine. And Russell Wilson has proven he can play in tough conditions in Seattle where it’s rained a lot.”
Marino played in the Super Bowl just once. His Dolphins were trounced by the San Franciso 49ers 38-16 on Jan. 20, 1985, at Stanford Stadium. Weather played no role in the loss, but he fears it could prevent both the Broncos and Seahawks from being all they can be on Sunday, which, in his opinion, would be a shame, considering how much effort each team put into getting to the championship game.
“You never know how many chances you’re gonna have,” Marino said. “So to see something happen because of the weather, I don’t think that’s the best scenario. Maybe if I wasn’t a quarterback, I’d see it differently.”
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