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Saturday, November 10, 2012
Yearbook, Nov. 10: Dan Marino hits 50,000

By Patrick Dorsey

Nov. 10, 1996: On this day 16 years ago, in-the-pocket pioneer Dan Marino became the first player in NFL history to throw for 50,000 career yards, passing (sorry) the mark on a 36-yard toss to O.J. McDuffie during a 37-13 Miami Dolphins win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Marino didn't stay alone on the list, though; two years later, rival and fellow 1983 draftee John Elway hit 50K. Then came Brett Favre, who went past 50,000 in 2005 and two seasons later broke Marino's overall record of 61,361 (Favre finished -- maybe? -- with 71,838; Peyton Manning also hit the 50,000-yard mark).

Dan Marino with the Miami Dolphins against the Indianapolis Colts
Marino, in that 1996 game against the Colts.
Dan Marino in 1996 against the Indianapolis Colts with the Miami Dolphins
Marino, also in that game.
Dan Marino and John Elway
Elway and Marino, in 1998.
Brett Favre  against the St. Louis Rams in 2007, after passing Dan Marino's yardage record
Favre, after passing Marino.