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Old 07-04-2008, 10:32 AM   #1
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Default NFL's Top 10: Draft Steals: Marino

I'm watching the Top Ten Draft Steals on NFL Network.

Why did the Steelers pass on Marino in 1983? Does anyone have any solid reasons to provide? I heard drugs, I heard Rooney say "all the evidence didnt get me exited about him".... what was that "evidence"?
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Old 07-04-2008, 01:56 PM   #2
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Default Re: NFL's Top 10: Draft Steals: Marino

My brother was a student at Pitt at the time and according to him it wasn't a rumor. It was, afterall,the early eighties.
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Old 07-05-2008, 12:36 PM   #3
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Default Re: NFL's Top 10: Draft Steals: Marino

I too had heard drugs....and the rumor was large enough for Marino to last all the way to the Dolphins.
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Default Re: NFL's Top 10: Draft Steals: Marino

i was watching that and seen the funniest sign about the mannings.

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Archie = Bust
Peyton = Adopted.
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Default Re: NFL's Top 10: Draft Steals: Marino

Here's the skinny - directly from Mr. Rooney. The "drug" stories about Marino were just a (disgusting) rumor.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07308/830795-66.stm

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He admits to making another mistake that may have cost his team Dan Marino during the 1983 draft. Noll and his scouts wanted defensive end Gabe Rivera with their first pick, the 21st of the draft, even though they also liked Marino. But they had Cliff Stoudt and Mark Malone.

John Clayton, who covered the Steelers for the Pittsburgh Press at the time, suggested to Rooney they could get Marino and Rivera. Take Marino with the first pick, Clayton suggested, and trade Stoudt for a high second-round pick. Rivera probably would still be available for them.

"I respected Clayton's opinion and thought it was a great idea,'' Rooney said. "We should have done it. But I made a mistake.''

The mistake he made was, after Noll and the scouts agreed it was a great idea, they asked how he came up with it. Rooney told them it came from Clayton, the sports writer.

"Clayton? You gotta be kidding!" Rooney quotes Noll and the scouts collectively.

"And that was the end of it,'' Rooney writes.
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Default Re: NFL's Top 10: Draft Steals: Marino

well its good to know that they didnt make the same mistake in 04
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Noll and his scouts wanted defensive end Gabe Rivera with their first pick, the 21st of the draft, even though they also liked Marino. But they had Cliff Stoudt and Mark Malone.


One of the biggest personnel gaffes in team history - surpassed only by the cutting of Unitas in '55, and passing on Jim Brown in the draft in '57.
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Default Re: NFL's Top 10: Draft Steals: Marino

I heard from family members who atteneded there that he had a bad cocaine problem at Pitt... Also, the one reciever was so messed up on the stuff he never made the NFL.
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Default Re: NFL's Top 10: Draft Steals: Marino

I've met Marino a few times. He was pretty cool. Took a pic at the table as he was signing with my son even though he was selling photos taken w/ himself for $175. He could have been more personable. But better than alot of other greats of the game. Montana for example. Complete jerk!
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