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Everyone knows Dan Marino for his powerful arm on the football field, but the NFL Hall of Famer is also making a big name for himself in the business world.

Since retiring from the NFL in 1999, Marino has had his share of ups and downs in investing, but he is currently an Equity Partner in Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza. It's a rapidly expanding pizza chain with 52 locations, primarily in Florida and the northeast.

In an exclusive interview on Power Lunch Marino said, " "It has been a lot of fun to see the business grow and how it has affected people who work there." As for advice to aspiring entrepreneurs he said, "do things with people you trust and people who have a passion for what they do."

On the flip side he added, "You want to try to forget about your failures. It's like a quarterback throwing an interception. Just forget about it."

Marino's business ventures extend beyond pizza. He is currently a pitchman for Nutrisystem and also co-owns the Passing Time Winery in Washington state with his former back-up quarterback Damon Huard.

He also still does consulting work for his former team, the Miami Dolphins, and helps run his charity organization. The Dan Marino Foundation provides services for children, and young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.

As for his prediction on the big NFL playoff games thisweekend, Marino said he'd like to see the Denver Broncos beat the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game. He is also picking the Carolina Panthers at home over the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC match-up.

Marino also told CNBC he is a long-term investor in the stock market and "likes big, solid companies like Wal-Mart and Coca-Cola.