Marveling at Marino's mastery

Updated: September 18, 2000, 12:45 PM ET
By Chris Berman | Special to ESPN Classic

The absence didn't really stick out until that first Sunday of the 2000 NFL season. For as long as I've been at ESPN, it seems as if it wouldn't be autumn unless I was referring to Dan Marino.

Fall meant football, which meant highlights of Marino tearing apart some opposing defense -- whether it was during his days at the University of Pittsburgh or as he was getting his PhD in greatness with the Miami Dolphins.

Marino might have been the last quarterback selected in the first ...

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As the Dolphins retire Dan Marino's number, Chris Berman tells ESPN Classic the NFL world is already feeling the his absence.