Did you know Dan Marino was the USFL's No. 1 pick in the 1983 draft?
Other No.1 picks:
1984: Mike Rozier
1985: Jerry Rice
1986: Mike Haight
Marino and Elway Top U.S.F.L. Lists
John Elway of Stanford and Dan Marino of Pitt, two of the leading quarterbacks in college football last season, were among the players chosen yesterday as the most desired by the United States Football League for its first season, which is scheduled to begin March 6. Marino was the first player selected in the league's first draft, and Elway was one of 312 territorial choices from 60 designated colleges. Those players were exempted from the drafting process after the teams had released their territorial lists. The U.S.F.L., which intends to challenge the established National Football League in competing for the best available college players, immediately contacted Elway and Marino.
NY Times Jan. 5, 1983