Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino wants to “give a check to every American.” The former Miami Dolphins star has taken on many roles since retiring from professional football in 1999 and has recently joined staffing and recruiting firm Corporate Resource Services (CRRS) as a shareholder and business development advisor. The firm operates 207 staffing and on-site facilities in 37 states and the District of Columbia and “it’s going to help people find new jobs,” Marino says in the attached clip. “[CRS] has clients all around the U.S. It’s a good business. I believe in it.”
Marino, who was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2005 and has an estimated net worth of at least $35 million, may not come across as a convincing advocate for the middle class. But life was much different for Marino before the trophies and multi-million dollar contracts became the norm. He grew up in a blue-collar neighborhood outside of Pittsburgh.
“My dad was a truck driver and worked for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette,” he says. “I did not have a silver spoon whatsoever.”
According to a 2002 New York Times article, Marino’s upbringing was less than glamorous.
''I don't remember my dad having any money,'' Mr. Marino told The Times. ''We lived week to week. On Fridays, my Dad did his books and paid his bills. He might have 40 bucks or 20 bucks for the week. We didn't go on vacation. We didn't leave Pennsylvania until they began recruiting me for colleges like Clemson and Notre Dame.''
There are millions of Americans who are suffering financially in this economy. The Labor Department reported that companies added 175,000 workers to their payrolls in May, slightly above expectations. The unemployment rate ticked up to 7.6% from 7.5% in April.
“Hopefully the economy is coming back a bit,” Marino says. “One thing that’s great about CRS is they’re in a position where they can help create jobs as they grow. In America what’s a better thing than that?”