Marcus Mariota has set the standards high since his college career itself. The star quarterback will play with the Philadelphia Eagles this season as a backup for Jalen Hurts in the league. The NFL star has played for three more teams in the past since his debut in 2015 with the Tennessee Titans. Recently, the star player expressed his grief for the devastation of Hawaii due to wildfire.
Hawaii is currently grappling with its most devastating wildfires in over a hundred years, causing great distress. Marcus Mariota, who was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, recently mentioned that he’s heartbroken to see the condition of the place. The NFL star also mentioned that almost every Hawaiian has friends or family affected there.
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“My heart goes out to them – everybody back home. Hawaii is such a small place, such a small community, that everybody has family or friends that have been affected by it. It’s bad, I just appreciate the love and support and always think about them whenever I’m away,” he said.
As per reports, the confirmed death toll there has reached over 93. Hawaii’s Governor, Josh Green, estimates that the island could be facing up to $6 billion in damages. The wildfire has reportedly damaged or destroyed over 2000 structures.
It’s worth noting that Marcus Mariota loves his birthplace with all his heart. The Eagles quarterback has a strong connection to his community through his charity foundation. Given the current suffering of his community, the NFL quarterback urged everyone to contribute by making donations to aid the area’s recovery.
NFL star Marcus Mariota: The first Hawaiian to win the Heisman trophy
Born in October 1993, Marcus Mariota played as the quarterback for the Saint Louis School, Honolulu. The NFL star player then joined the University of Oregon and impressed everyone with his talent. He then etched his name in history as the first Hawaiian to clinch the coveted Heisman Trophy.
During his redshirt junior year, Mariota orchestrated Oregon’s stellar 12-1 season, securing the Pac-12 championship. He also secured a remarkable No. 2 seed in the College Football Playoff. Displaying unparalleled skill, he showcased a stunning total of 53 touchdowns while remarkably throwing just two interceptions.
Despite stiff competition from accomplished finalists, Melvin Gordon and Amari Cooper, Mariota’s excellence outshone them both. The crowning moment arrived on December 13, 2014. Marcus Mariota emerged as the unanimous victor, amassing a remarkable 88.4% of first-place votes. The NFL star player had received an impressive 90.9% of total points.
Marcus Mariota is a name that the whole Hawaiian community will surely remember for years to come. After giving an exceptional performance in college, the quarterback is not impressing fans with his skills in the NFL.