Dan Marino Will No Longer Be on TV on NFL Sunday
Dan Marino has been on your television almost every NFL Sunday since 1983, either as the Dolphins quarterback or, for more than the past ten years, as a studio analyst on CBS's The NFL Today.
Well, no longer. CBS has announced it has dropped Marino and cohost Shannon Sharpe. They'll be replaced by recently retired tight end Tony Gonzalez.
From the wording of the network's statement, it doesn't seem CBS has any plans to use Marino (or Sharpe) in any further capacity.
"We want to acknowledge [Marino and Sharpe], who have contributed greatly to the success of "The NFL Today" for more than a decade," CBS Sports chair Sean McManus said in a statement. "Dan and Shannon are true Hall of Famers on the field and in front of the camera... We thank them for their hard work and dedication and wish them nothing but the best."
Marino has been a fixture on the pregame program since the 2002 season. The network notably stood by the legendary QB after it was revealed he had a secret lovechild with a CBS staffer last year.
So what's next for Marino? It's unlikely that Fox, which broadcasts NFC games, would have much interest in the AFC vet.
So, obviously it's time to cue the rumors that he might return to the Dolphins organization in some formal executive role.
Until then, let's relive Marino's finest moment at CBS: