Dan Marino owes a tip of the hat to Eddie Cochens (inset) for his NFL single season-record of 5,084 passing yards in 1984. You see, Cochems is known as the "Father of the Forward Pass," dating to 1906, when the St. Louis University head football coach had his players attempt a forward pass in the first game of that season. In that game, St. Louis' Bradbury Robinson threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jack Schneider. Cochems' innovation on the football field has even been compared to what the Wright brothers meant to aviation.
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