Marino to be part of Marlins' Opening Day festivities

Marino to be part of Marlins' Opening Day festivities

JUPITER, Fla. -- Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino threw for 61,361 yards in his legendary career. On Monday, the South Florida sports icon will toss out the ceremonial first pitch for the Marlins on Opening Day at the site where his Miami Dolphins days began.

Before Jose Fernandez takes the mound at Marlins Park to face the Rockies at 7:05 p.m. ET, Marino will take part in the pregame ceremonies. Marlins Park stands where the Orange Bowl -- where the Dolphins played through the 1986 NFL season -- used to be.

"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."

Marino, 52, played 17 seasons for the Dolphins, and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.

Marino was also was an accomplished baseball player in his youth, so much so that he was the fourth-round pick of the Kansas City Royals in the 1979 Draft. Marino opted to play his college football at the University of Pittsburgh.

Along with Marino, the Opening Day presentation will feature KC and the Sunshine Band performing the national anthem.

Before the game, the Marlins also will pay tribute to Henderson Alvarez, who no-hit the Tigers in the 2013 season finale.

There will be a fireworks display after the game.

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