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Ode to a couple of NFL gunslingers

Brett Favre soon will replace Dan Marino atop the career TD passing list. Both carved out their careers with a gunslinger's mentality.

Originally Published: September 27, 2007
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

I first saw Dan Marino throw a football in 1973.

He was tall and gangly, literally so head-and-shoulders above his teammates that he took a knee in the huddle to make sure his teammates heard the play call. He was mop-headed in the style of one of his heroes, Joe Namath, and laser-armed, every throw coming off his hand a tight, unwavering spiral. And Marino operated out of a sophisticated passing offense that highlighted all of his burgeoning skills.

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