Stayed Loyal: Dan Marino
When Dan Marino fell to the second-to-last pick of the first round of the hallowed 1983 NFL Draft, head coach Don Shula knew better than to pass on a talent like Marino (even if the rest of the NFL was too dense to realize it). Marino repaid Shula’s faith by taking the Miami Dolphins to the Super Bowl in just his second season, when he threw for an NFL-record 5,084 yards.
As we all know, it was the only chance Marino got to play in the Super Bowl. As his career began to fade towards the end of the 1990’s, and with his tenuous (at best) relationship with head coach Jimmy Johnson, Marino remained with the team until his retirement in 1999.