Heisman Trophy Award
University of Oregon Ducks Junior quarterback Marcus Mariota is the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner. The 80th Heisman ceremony was held in New York City. The anticipated award came as no surprise with Mariota racking up impressive numbers during his Junior year in Eugene, OR. Mariota’s humbleness and social character compliments his on-field talents. Displaying the Spirit of Aloha, Marcus Ardel Taulauniu Mariota is truly the pride of Polynesians around the world. Mariota attended St Louis High School in Honolulu.
Mariota: “Fa’afetai tele lava. God bless. Go Ducks.”
Proud parents Toa Mariota and Alana Deppe-Mariota and other family members looked on as emotions got the best of Marcus during his acceptance speach. He thanked his parents, his family, his coaching staff and teammates at Oregon as well as Crusader Nation; the men of Kalaepohaku and the Saint Louis brotherhood. Polynesians should take this as motivation and dream big and strive to greatness, Mariota said.
Mariota is the third player with ties to Hawaii invited to college football’s most prestigious individual award ceremony. University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan finished 6th in 2006, Punahou – Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o finished 2nd in 2012. Mariota is the first of Samoan ancestry from the Hawaiian Islands to win the Heisman.
Polynesian College Football Player of the Year
Besides the Heisman Trophy the former Crusader QB has racked up several other awards this year. Mariota cleaned house at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show, winning the Maxwell Award (nation’s most outstanding player), Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award and the Walter Camp player of the year award. Mariota also accepted the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and the inaugural Polynesian College Football Player of the Year award.