If you live anywhere remotely close to Tennessee, you’ve more than likely heard of a guy named Marcus. If you have no interest in the NFL, maybe you even thought he lives in the neighborhood the way your friends and family talk about him like he comes over for dinner at least once a week. If you listen a little longer, then you might hear the unmistakable last name Mariota, (pronounced like Mario-ta, not Mary-ota) and now you know who we’re talking about it. But to us Titans fans he’ll always be just Marcus, our quarterback. He’s had us wrapped around his finger and rooting for him since he stepped off the plane in Nashville. I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t even trade him for Tom Brady. So why do we love this man so much? I could give you one hundred and twelve reasons, but for today we’ll just go with 8. I think Marcus would like that.
1.Mari- GOAT- a
2. Winner Winner Heisman Dinner
3. Hawaiian Tennesseean
I mean Aloha! Marcus Mariota was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Marcus’ heritage is very important to him, and here in Tennessee we have embraced his heritage with open arms. I mean where else do you get to wear leis for home games. Marcus led St. Louis High School to a state title, finishing with an 11-1 record his senior year, earning him the title Interscholastic League of Honolulu Offensive Player of the Year. Pretty impressive, huh? Not to mention his island complexion makes that two tone blue look even better
You will never encounter a more humble human being. His interviews are short, and he is a man of few words. But anytime you ask him a question, it all goes back to the team. He never takes credit, he only finds ways that he can better. It’s never about Marcus, it’s always about the Titans. He’s not Superman like Cam Newton. He’s just Marcus, and that’s enough!
5.That Boy Can Move
Marcus was a track star in high school, and that much is obvious without pulling up his high school records online. The boy can flat out move. Titans fans are accustomed to having quarterbacks that showcase their speed and aren’t afraid to move out of the pocket, as has been evident in precious quarterbacks, Steve McNair, Vince Young, and Jake Locker. Marcus Mariota pens his name to that list as well. Marcus isn’t afraid to use his legs, and there are few times that Nissan Stadium gets louder than when our quarterback is on the run.
6. He's a Man of Character
7. Always Wants to be Better
8. Stats Don't Lie
In his rookie debut against none other than Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Marcus racked up 209 passing yards and scoring a perfect passer rating of 158.3, never done before in the NFL. In 2016 he was named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year. He was also the first player since 1983 to pass, rush, and catch a touchdown all over 40 yards. That’s Marcus. At the end of the 2016 season, Mariota finished with 3,426 passing yards with a ratio of 26:9 touchdowns to interceptions.
Maybe it’s just me, but here in Tennessee Marcus is our man. What can we, we love him! I mean who wouldn’t? Plus he is a beautiful human being. And we’ll love him even more when he’s holding up that Lombardi!