Guess who’s become the next great NutriSystem success story—Hall of Fame Quarterback Dan Marino! Yes, after years of leading the Miami Dolphins past the goal line, Marino has now led himself to his own personal weight loss goal—and scored big time. Having lost 22 lbs.* this past summer, Dan is now back in top form and ready to help other potential NutriSystem clients lose weight and get back in the game.
After retiring from a career in professional football, Marino says he had started to gain some weight. No longer training like he did in his pro years, the football legend found his weight heading upwards. Complicating matters were the unique pressures of his second career as a TV football analyst. Dan needed to look his best in front of the cameras, yet every year he says it seemed harder and harder to keep the weight off and look good on TV—an important part of his new job. So before starting this season he turned to the NEW NutriSystem For Men program to lose the weight.
“I was used to being watched by millions of people, but being a TV analyst was a whole lot different than being on the field. In my new job I couldn’t hide behind a helmet and pads. To be the best I could be in my career, I wanted to look my best. So I turned to NutriSystem, and boy, am I glad I did. I lost 22 lbs.* on the program and man do I feel great. Now I can keep up with my children, career and the fast pace of the football season. NutriSystem was the best—and easiest—way to lose those extra pounds.”
Marino used the NutriSystem For Men program, designed by NutriSystem in response to the growing need for a simple weight loss solution for guys. In America today, nearly 70% of all men over 35 are overweight or obese, so NutriSystem has created unique programs to meet their needs.
“Hey, just because I’m 44 years old doesn’t mean that I’ve lost the desire to live life to the fullest,” Marino quips.”I admit it. I wanted to look better and feel better than I had since retiring, and NutriSystem helped me reach that goal. If you know me, you know I hate to lose. But this time losing never felt so good.”
“The greatest thing was seeing the weight drop off,” he notes.”I’m a competitive guy by nature, so seeing those pounds fall off my body got me even more excited about that program. And it made me even more determined to reach my goal. Initially, that was getting 20 lbs. down—but I got to 22*. My wife loves the way I look and all my family is amazed at how much younger I seem. I even have a new nickname—my friends are calling me ‘Skinny.’ I don’t think anyone has ever called me that.”
Lose to Win with Dan Marino and NutriSystem Contest
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Dan goes on to say,”I’ve also turned my sister on to the program and she lost weight. My agent also lost about 20 lbs.* And even my wife went on the program with me and lost 10 lbs.* (even though she didn’t really need to lose any weight). But that’s what’s so exciting about NutriSystem—it’s real results for real people.”
So what’s the winning call from this all-pro quarterback?”Starting NutriSystem was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I haven’t been this light since I started playing pro football back in 1983, and it was so easy to do.”
Manning and Manning-Can Either Brother Win the Big One?
By: Paul Mrocza
It was just over a year ago, after the Colts lost to the Pats in their post-season contest, that Boomer Esiason said on national television,”I think maybe Peyton (Manning) is this generation’s Dan Marino.” Esiason went on to state that Manning”is a great football player, but he’s not going to get to the Super Bowl, I’m telling you, not with that defense.”
Marino, who was on the set, took umbrage at the reference and shot back,”Oh, wait a minute. I got to a Super Bowl.” Marino made a good point, but still, Esiason seemed to be on target by not blaming either quarterback for their failings but, rather, the guys on the other side of the ball-their weak defenses.
Fast forward to January 15, 2006, almost exactly a year to the date that Esiason made his comments. What was different this time for Peyton Manning and the Colts? The Colts seemed to have the full package-a great running and passing attack, a solid offensive line, and a fine defense. Everything was aligned for Manning-Mania to take full effect, especially after such a spectacular regular season.
But once again, under the glare of the national spotlight, in a huge playoff game, and under the kind of pressure he had rarely seen all season, Peyton Manning crumbled. This latest derailment of the Colt’s Super Bowl Express drew a barrage of disparaging comments from many writers and commentators, including the NY Times’ William C. Rhoden. Two days after the loss, Rhoden dubbed Manning”the king of statistics but the prince of NFL quarterbacks” in that although he can generate statistics, he may be incapable of closing the deal and ever bringing a championship to Indianapolis.
No matter how much you respect Peyton Manning and his amazing regular season performances, it’s difficult to argue with the facts. In eight seasons the Colt QB has led his team to the playoffs six times where he is 3-6. In those nine games he’s hit for 15 TDs, while throwing 8 INTs and being sacked 13 times. There are quarterbacks, most recently Tom Brady, who usually manage to rise to the occasion in the big game, ably dealing with a panoply of adversity. And then there are those like Manning, usually able to run like finely tuned, precision machines, which means when everything is copacetic they hum along but let something like a blitz throw off their rhythm and they breakdown.
Some people point out that maybe he has too much control over the offense, constantly changing and adjusting plays at the line of scrimmage, and when things go awry it’s almost impossible for Manning to adapt. Others claim that he simply can’t handle the pressure of a big game situation. Some blame others on the team. After losing to the Steelers this post-season, Peyton Manning did something he’s never done before; point the finger at his teammates.
Then there’s Peyton’s younger brother Eli, who just finished his second NFL season and his first professional post-season. Against the Carolina Panthers Eli Manning completed 10 of 18 passes, threw three interceptions, was sacked four times and lost one fumble as the Giants were humbled by their opponents 23 to zip. At one point in the game it seemed as if Eli Manning thought his job was to get the ball to the Panthers as boos echoed throughout Giants Stadium and fans hustled for the exits.
Coolness under pressure-is this a Manning characteristic? Or do Peyton and Eli share some sort of panic gene? For Eli it’s simply too early to tell and with Peyton, there’s still time left to turn the tide.
Perhaps one should ask,”What would dad and former NFL QB Archie Manning do?” There’s no answer to that question-in 15 NFL seasons Archie never came close to making it to the playoffs.
Time will tell what the true legacy of the Manning brothers will be. Dan Marino-Move over?
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