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Dan Marino: “Four or five guys” could break yardage record

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Dan Marino attends the Samsung Hope for Children gala at Cipriani Wall Street on June 7, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

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In 1984, Dan Marino passed for an NFL-record 5,084 yards. No one has equaled that mark since, but Marino thinks this may be the year -- and he thinks it may be the year that more than one quarterback breaks his record.

“That’s definitely in jeopardy,” Marino said of his record, on the Dan Patrick Show. “You figure eventually someone’s going to get it, but there’s like four or five guys now who are on pace.”

Actually, six quarterbacks are currently on pace to break Marino’s record: Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers and Tony Romo. Brady leads the way with a ridiculous 1,553 yards through four games, which puts him on pace to shatter Marino’s record and finish the season with 6,212 yards.

Marino believes the game has changed so much that it’s inevitable that passing records will fall.

“I think all quarterbacks, your numbers would be a lot better because of the way the rules are right now,” Marino said. “And they’re just throwing it more. Guys are throwing it more than they ever have.”

And there’s a good chance that at least one of those guys will throw for more yards than anyone ever has.