Dan Marino throws a football for the first pitch

The first throw?
Dan Marino throws a football for the first pitch of the game between the Florida Marlins and the Atlanta Braves in 2005. (April 5, 2005)

Former Miami Dolphins great Dan Marino will throw out the ceremonial first pitch as part of the pregame festivities Monday night when the Colorado Rockies and Miami Marlins open their seasons at Marlins Park.

The Dolphins' Hall of Fame quarterback, Marino in 1979 was a fourth-round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals out of high school. He instead opted to play football at the University of Pittsburgh and in 1983 was the NFL's Rookie of the Year.

"We are honored to welcome back Dan Marino to the site where he began his Hall of Fame professional career," Marlins president David Samson said. "There is no better way to start a season at Marlins Park than with a pass from this South Florida sports icon."

Marlins Park stands where the Orange Bowl -- the home of the Dolphins until 1987 -- used to be.


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Marino, who threw for 61,361 yards in his legendary career, could be returning to the Dolphins in an executive role. Owner Stephen Ross reportedly will talk to Marino, who was let go by CBS last month, about a potential job within the organization.

On Opening Day in 2005, Marino threw a football for the first pitch of the game between the Marlins and the Atlanta Braves.

The 52-year-old legend played 17 seasons for the Dolphins and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.

In addition to the Marino appearance, KC from KC and the Sunshine Band will be on hand to sing the national anthem.

Fans will be treated to a postgame fireworks show and all will receive a 2014 Marlins magnetic schedule along with a Jose's Heroes 'K' card.