Marcus Mariota

Marcus Mariota is the starting quarterback for the Tennessee Titans, who drafted him with the 2nd overall pick of the 1st round in the 2015 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Oregon where he was the starting quarterback from 2012 to 2014. During his time at Oregon, he won the Maxwell Award, the Chic Harley Award, the Walter Camp Award, the Davey O’Brien Award, the Johnny Unitas Gold Arm Award, the AP Player of the Year, the Sporting News Player of the Year, Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, Unanimous All-American, and three-time First-Team All-Pac-12. As a junior in 2014, Mariota became the first Oregon player and Hawaii-born athlete to ever win the Heisman Trophy. As of week 14 in the 2016 season, Mariota has 44 touchdowns with 18 interceptions, 5,904 passing yards, 600 rushing yards, and 4 rushing touchdowns. Marcus was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to Alana Deppe-Mariota and Toa Mariota and has a younger brother, Matt Mariota, who is a sophomore linebacker at Oregon. He is of Samoan descent on his father’s side and German descent on his mother’s side. He grew up admiring the quarterback play of fellow Samoan Jeremiah Masoli, who was also a standout quarterback at the Saint Louis School and the University of Oregon. Mariota was also a standout track and field athlete, Mariota was a state track qualifier in the sprinting and jumping events. His list of favorites include : “The Longest Yard” as his favorite movie; “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” as his favorite TV show; Dwayne Johnson as his favorite actor; The Green, Drake as his pregame playlist;  “FIFA” as his favorite video game; steak and kalua pork as his favorite food;  Cookies ‘n’ Cream Pizookie from BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse as his guilty pleasure; and Emmitt Smith as his favorite childhood athlete.

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