One of NFL’s highly sought-after players, Marcus Mariota, is a notable football star plying his trade with the Nashville-based football team, Tennessee Titans. Together with his teammates, Mariota has won himself a slew of enviable awards. The footballer made it to Titans’ active roster in the year 2015 when he was selected as 2nd overall in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. And ever since he went pro, he has continued to grow his game, gaining more international audiences and building up his net worth from the game he loves so much.
Although football is a tough game, Marcus has groomed himself to measure up to the on-field challenges that come with the game – apparently, he has his skills and superb performance to thank for all the heights he has attained over the years. Let’s get to know more about the superlative.
Marcus Mariota’s Early Life
Marcus Mariota considers his parents Toa Mariota and Alana Mariota as his biggest gifts. Alana had the footballer on October 30, 1993, in Honolulu, which is in Hawaii. Since he was born to athletic parents, it didn’t take much time for him to start taking part in various sports – from soccer to rugby and then volleyball. Marcus was permitted in his young age to play them all except football, which his father banned him from taking part in.
After so many years of pleading, Toa only decided to allow his son to play flag football. Marcus originally started out as a linebacker but later switched to the quarterback position after his father encouraged him to do so. As years passed, Alana began to persuade her husband to allow their son to have full contact with football. Toa reluctantly succumbed and his consent birthed the beginning of Mariota’s football career.
Marcus’s father was a rugby player who regularly competed in home games in American Samoa while his mother was a good swimmer as well. Alana, who is of German ancestry, met her husband at Chaminade. The two are also parents to Marcus’s brother, Matt Mariota, who is a defensive player at the University of Oregon.
Career Stats and Injury Update
Born Marcus Ardel Tafuna Taulauniu Mariota, the Tennesse Titans’ quarterback began taking part in competitive football games in high school. At the Saint Louis School, he participated in track and football. While Marcus was best known in the jumping and sprinting events at Saint Louis, he only got a chance to feature in the football team in his senior year. He would lead his school to win the state title, rising to become the Interscholastic League of Honolulu and the PrepStar Magazine All-West Region and Offensive Player of the Year.
During his high school career, the quarterback rushed the ball 60 times for 455 yards and 7 touchdowns and also threw for 2,597 yards on 165-of-225 passing attempts, including thirty-two touchdowns against 5 interceptions, securing a spot for himself at the NUC All-World Game. He was also rated by Rivals.com as the No. 12 dual-threat quarterback in the nation as well as the No. 2 recruiting prospect in the state of Hawaii.
Upon graduating, Marcus Mariota was recruited by Hawaii, Arizona, USC Memphis, Oregon State, Utah, Washington, UCLA, the Oregon Ducks, and Notre Dame but Memphis and Oregon were the two schools who offered him a scholarship. He would ditch Memphis for Oregon and began his college career in the year 2012. In the same year, he started all the 13 games played by his team, throwing for 2,677 yards on 230-of-336 passing attempts (68.5%), including 32 touchdowns against only six interceptions. Marcus started his 2013 season on a good note as well, finishing the season with 4,380 yards of total offense, thus, he became the first and only player to eclipse 4,000 yards in a single season in Oregon history.
The quarterback considers the year 2014 as his best collegiate season. It is the very season that earned him the Heisman Trophy, making him the first Hawaii-born athlete and Oregan Duck player to win the enviable trophy as well as other awards and football titles such as Manning Award. Mariota graduated from the university with a degree in General Sciences, with a major in human physiology.
Talking about his injury, the Tennessee Titans’ quarterback is fast recovering after suffering nerve damage in his elbow during his team’s 27-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins on September 9, 2018. Several sources established that Marcus was hit by Dolphin’s defensive end, William Hayes, forcing his right elbow to come down on William’s cleats.
Regardless of the shock, Marcus Mariota last played for the Titans on September 30 in a victory game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He was subsequently named AFC Player of the Week for his efforts in the game, having completed 30 of 43 passes for 344 yards and two touchdowns.
Marcus’s Salary – How Much Does He Earn?
The Tennesse Titans’ quarterback earns an annual salary of $6,053,494. His earnings majorly stemmed from his four-year contract with the Titans which is worth $24,213,974 and includes a signing bonus of $15,870,164 and $24,213,974 guaranteed sum.
Is He Dating Anyone at The Moment?
Unlike his superb show-off on the football field, the 6 feet 4 inches player keeps a low profile on his personal life. The quarterback is reportedly in a relationship with Kiyomi Cook, his college sweetheart. The pair began dating in 2014 but only made their first public appearance as a couple in 2015 at Marcus’s NFL Draft Party in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Nashville-based beauty is a former soccer player who played for the University of Oregon and the Sam Barlow High School.