Marcus Mariota is an American football quarterback that plays for the Tennessee Titans. In 2015, he was selected second in the 2015 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Oregon from 2012 to 2014. In his 3rd year, he won the prestigious Heisman Trophy awarded to the best college football player of the year. Mariota became the first Oregon player and Hawaii-born athlete to receive the Heisman Trophy.
Marcus Mariota was born on October 30, 1993 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is the eldest son of the Mariota family. His father is named Toa Mariota and his mother Alana. Marcus also has a younger brother named Matt.
Marcus Mariota is also of Samoan descent. As a little boy, he was a big fan of quarterback Jeremiah Masoli. He was the reason Marcus wanted to be a quarterback.
Marcus attended Saint Louis High School which is located in Honolulu. Marcus played 2 sports (American football and hurdling). Marcus was discovered late by scouting websites because he wasn’t the starting quarterback until his senior year. As a 4th year, Mariota took his school to an 11-1 season. In the end, they won their regional championship.
Mariota was voted best offensive player. Mariota threw a total of 2,597 yards and 32 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. He threw the ball 225 times, 165 of these passes were successful (64.7%). he also had 60 rushes that resulted in 455 yards and 7 touchdowns.
As you can see from the list below (that we got from Wikipedia), Marcus Mariota has a lot of NFL records.
- Most games with at least three touchdown passes by an NFL rookie: 4
- Most passing touchdowns by a rookie quarterback in one half: four
- First player in NFL history to pass for at least 250 yards with three touchdowns and rush for more than 100 yards in the same game
- Second rookie in NFL history to throw at least four touchdown passes in a season opener
- First quarterback in NFL history to record six total touchdown passes within the first two games of his career
- First player in the Super Bowl era with a perfect passer rating in first NFL start
- First player to have both a receiving and passing touchdown in a playoff game
- First player to throw a touchdown pass to himself in the playoffs
- Sixteen games with at least two touchdown passes in his first two NFL seasons (tied with Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson)
- First rookie to have two games with four touchdown passes and no interceptions
- First quarterback in NFL history to throw four touchdown passes in the first half of his NFL debut