Marcus Mariota steps up for Special Olympians


When Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota went to the Special Olympics event at the Titans’ stadium on Saturday, he didn’t just stay long enough to have his picture taken. Instead, Mariota made sure to have a personal interaction with each and every athlete at the event.

A video posted by the Titans showed Mariota at the event’s conclusion, not leaving until every child had caught a pass from him. The video shows one young man struggling to catch the football, and Mariota patiently continuing to throw him passes until he got one. Mariota didn’t just stand close to the kid and lob an underhand pass that would be easy to catch. Mariota knew it would mean more to the young man to catch a real pass from a real quarterback, and that’s what he did.

“I just like seeing their faces light up,” Mariota said of attending the Special Olympics. “I enjoy being around them. I think they’ve got such a great perspective on life, and they’re always so happy.”

Adam Germek, president of the Special Olympics of Tennessee, said of Mariota and the team giving their time to the Special Olympians, “I heard one of our athletes say this is the best day of his life.”

12 responses to “Marcus Mariota steps up for Special Olympians

  1. While the guy drafted one spot ahead of him needs to wake up and listen to a motivational speaker everyday.

    Some people don’t need to be told what to do.

  2. That’s what a franchise QB does… He is more than a QB and has been his whole life…My hats off to him, he’s an old soul…other players should take note, sadly most won’t….

  3. Wow, great story. I love that he stayed around to make a moment for every child. I imagine it meant the world to them. Heck, I’d wager it meant a lot to Mariota.

    Great role model.

  4. You knew coming outta college he was a great dude. This is a great thing he did and I’m sure he’ll do more.

    As a player I have to admit, I thought he would have progressed further by now.

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