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The timing is perfect.The image and the brand of the Dolphins lies in tatters. The image and the brand of former Dolphins quarterback and Football Hall of Fame member Dan Marino isnt in much better shape. Sunday, the Dolphins welcomed Marino back to their team let the resurrection of a once great National Football League franchise begin with the return of a once-great icon.MORE: Marino's return | Where Dolphins rank | Where Sun Life Stadium ranksDan is and will always be an important part of the Miami Dolphins, and we are excited to get him involved in a more formal way, Dolphins owner Stephen Ro s said. Dan is unquestionably one of the greatest players in NFL history and his enthusiasm and pa sion for the Dolphins is inspiring to everyone here.""I'm grateful for the opportunity to serve in this role. I have always considered myself a Dolphin for life and I look forward to supporting the organization anyway I can, Marino added. Stephen Ro s is a pa sionate guy who is committed to building a first- Trent Cole Jersey cla s, winning organization. I'm excited about the future of the team and where the organization is headed.Dolphins fans still love to talk about the undefeated 1972 team, the only franchise in NFL history to ever win all of its games and the Super Bowl. Whenever the last undefeated team loses a game in that years NFL schedule, the remaining members of the 1972 team traditionally get together and celebrate they will remain the only undefeated team in NFL history again.The Dolphins won their second Super Bowl a year later and last played in the Super Bowl 29 years ago in 1985, Marinos Dolphins lost to Joe Montana and the 49ers.The Dolphins of 2014 are an embarra sment to the National Football League, following the teams shell-shocked 2013 season. The Dolphins ended their 2013 season with an 8-8 record, amazing when what took place with Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito is factored in.Martin, selected by the Dolphins in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, left the team following the Oct. 27 lo s to the Patriots. In the weeks that followed, Marin accused Incognito of bullying and racism. The Dolphins suspended Incognito for the balance of the 2013 season and traded Martin to the 49ers.Incognito remains Clayton Geathers Jersey unsigned with the start of the 2014 season two weeks away.The life and times for Marino havent been much better. A member of the amazing 1983 NFL Draft quarterback cla s (seven starting quarterbacks emerged from that draft), Marino is regarded as one of the greatest QBs in NFL history. The only blemish on his resume is he never managed to win a Super Bowl.Sunday's announcement isn't the first time Marino joined the team's front office. Soon after the 2003 season ended, in early 2004, the Dolphins announced Marino's return as Senior Vice President of Football Operations, a dream for Dolphins fans Rashaan Melvin Jersey . The dream turned into a nightmare after Marino quit, believing it wasn't in the best interest of his family or the Dolphins for Marino to work with the team.Two years after Marino retired, at the end of the 2000 season, he joined CBS's Sunday pregame show "The NFL Today." Football fans enjoyed watching Marino every Sunday from the start of the 2003 season through the end of the 2013 season. CBS announced on Feb. 18 thatMarino would no longer be a part of their NFL broadcasts.Give CBS credit for not firing Marino before the start of the 2013 season. In January 2013, Marino's All-American family image took a serious hit when he announced that he had fathered a child with CBS production a sistant Donna Savattere. Marino kept the secret from everyone, reportedly paying Savattere millions of dollars to keep his love child a secret.Miami had hosted 10 of the first 48 Super Bowls, thelast in 2010. Miami was a finalist for both Super Bowl 50 and 51. The planned renovation of the Sun Life Stadium fell apart along with any hopes for another Super Bowl in South Florida.Six cities bid for the 2018 game - Miami, Tampa, New Orleans, Dallas, Minneapolis, and Indianapolis awarded to Minneapolis, the biggest insult to the Dolphins, the city of Miami wasnt good enough to be considered a finalist.Why would the Dolphins consider offering Marino an opportunity after he quit on team ten years ago? Call it what it is an opportunity for a once great football attempt to restore its image using a former player who represents the greatest in that teams history.Be very sure,Dan Marino isnt perfect, far from the ideal role model most believed he once was. The synergy is perfect, a broken football team and a man trying to restore his reputation.It may not be perfect, and it may never work, but for the 2014 Dolphins, it may be an answer (or least part of the question) as to how this once great football team might again be respected.Howard Bloom is a Sporting News contributor and the long-time publisher of Sports Busine s News. He Lavar Edwards Jersey can be reached at hbloom@sportsbusine snews.com.