Kid Reporter Jake talks with Marcus Mariota
to discuss the NFL and his career!
1. You recently helped build a house for a refugee family, what was that experience like, and how did you get involved?
Marcus: It was very special. The experience was a part of the Nissan Heisman House and I was very fortunate to be a part of it. To see and help build the house up from the foundation was a really special experience and one that I was happy to be a part of.
2. What was the most valuable lesson you learned as a rookie last year?
Marcus: The most valuable lesson I learned is the NFL is a tough business. Things aren’t always going to go your way. You just have to take whatever is given to you, work hard and try to make the most of it.
3. Who has been the biggest mentor for you so far in the NFL, and what have they done to help you?
Marcus: My parents for sure. They have always been that steady force and that steady rock for me. They have always given me the best advice. Whenever I have been down, it is easy to go to them and listen to what they have to say. I’m very fortunate in that regard.
4. Many of your teammates have said that you have become a more vocal leader than you were last year, how have you made that adjustment?
I think it has a lot to do with feeling comfortable. Last season, everything was brand new – brand new city, brand new team. Now that we have built a relationship among the guys, I think stepping into that role has been a lot more comfortable for me.
-Kid Reporter Jake