Last night against the Chargers, Derek Carr left the game with an injury and Marcus Mariota stepped up to the plate. This caused a buzz on social media, especially throughout Tennessee. Titan’s fans from everywhere were chiming in. Many current Titan’s players showed their support on Twitter as well. AJ Brown spoke extensively about his support and friendship with Mariota in yesterday’s press conference.
Mariota led the Raiders down the field and threw a beautiful touchdown pass to Darren Waller. He continued to play well despite an interception that bounced off the hands of an intended receiver. In overtime, he ran all over the field, leading them to the go-ahead FG to take the lead. Unfortunately, the Chargers came back and won with a touchdown.
I watched Mariota’s entire performance and he looked good. Considering he has not played in over a year and a half and had no preseason. He looked like he was having fun out there. The Raiders let him play his game. Scrambling and making plays all over the field. That is the Mariota that Titan’s fans fell in love with.
I think I must also mention. When Ryan Tannehill took over the reins last season, Mariota never once said anything unpleasant. He never put the organization down. He supported Tannehill 100 percent. Tannehill said about Mariota at the time “I think he does everything he can possibly do to help me and this team along, which says a lot about his character as a person being in that tough situation.”
Mariota was a class act in Tennessee and a class act his whole career. I know there are some fans that say who cares and why are we even talking about him? He is not a Titan anymore. I am the type of fan that will always support players who made an impact for the organization in some major way on and off the field. Mariota was also a man of faith and I believe that is why he was able to channel his emotions when things were not going his way.
Here is what Mariota had to say about his faith “I’m not perfect, but I’m encouraged every day to continue to open up in my faith. I’ve learned that no matter what, my faith will guide me. However, I play on the field, I know my faith will guide me.”
I personally wish Marcus Mariota all the best. I have always supported him. I’m not saying that I want him back in Tennessee or anything like that. I am just saying that he made a huge impact on many of his fellow teammates, coaches, and fans alike. Let’s not put the man down for the way he played the last couple of seasons in Tennessee, lets continue to lift him up, just as long as he is not playing the Titans! Lol.