PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Dan Marino turned 50 last year and is taking the milestone in stride.
He is attempting to use his age as a way to inform people and inspire them by being an AARP ambassador.
His career began at Central Catholic High School before moving on to the University of Pittsburgh. Now, one of the most successful quarterbacks in the history of the NFL and a member of the Hall of Fame is joining a new team.
“Basically it’s [kind of] put the message out there, people who are turning 50 or before 50 as far as their lifestyle and things that they want to achieve and challenges in their life,” Marino said.
Marino will share his point of view and expertise on a variety of men’s interests including, health, fitness, sports, lifestyle, entrepreneurship and community service mostly through AARP’s website.
“And basically have some fun with it and create awareness, so when you turn 50 there’s new challenges and things you can do. It’s not the end,” Marino said.
Marino said he wants to show his generation what 50 can look like today and help get them excited to pursue the many opportunities they have in the next stage of their lives.
“I mean, some people start to retire at that age, but when you think about it, there’s a lot of life ahead of you, a lot of things you can accomplish and it’s really not like the blue plate special, there’s a lot of things you can take advantage of with the AARP,” Marino said.
Marino subscribes to the theory that age is just a number.
“Really, it’s not about an age, really. I think 50 is a number,” Marino said.
But, he also jokes that he’s not as young as he once was. He recently injured himself and was on crutches.
“Messing around on the beach in south Florida with my kids, right around Easter, and thought I was still playing, and I tore some cartilage, but it’s okay, I’m going to be alright,” Marino said.
Marino will also make personal appearances and speak at events to connect with AARP’s more than 37 million members through online chats and social media.
A high ranking AARP official said that Marino embodies what it means to be a 50-plus year old man.