What Marcus Mariota did at a Special Olympics day shows why we love football


NFL stars have plenty of time away from the field during the off-season. 

Some are smart and spend a lot of their time practicing and working out ahead of the pre-season, while others take a well-deserved break from football. 

Then there are some like Marcus Mariota. 

The Tennessee Titans quarterback spent his weekend at Nissan Stadium (the teams home field) - taking part in a Special Olympics event.

Not only did he show up on the day, but he also took the time to throw a pass to every single kid who attended. 

He gave everyone a once in a lifetime moment and Mariota made sure no one left disappointed - even if they had trouble holding onto a pass. 

A video shared on the Titans official Twitter account shows their franchise QB throwing not one, not two but three passes to the same Special Olympian, allowing him to catch one at the third attempt. 

Check out the brilliant moment below. 

The video shows exactly why Tennessee fans should be excited to have Mariota as their guy. He's a very good quarterback, but an even better person. 

And he could be the man who finally leads them to Super Bowl success. 

In 2017, the Titans finished the regular season with a record of 9-7. It was the exact same record they finished with after Mariota's first full year in 2016.

Wild Card Round - Tennessee Titans v Kansas City Chiefs

This time around though, they qualified for the playoffs after finishing second in the AFC South. In the Wildcard round, Mariota inspired his team to a victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. 

He threw for 205 yards and two touchdowns as the Titans won 22-21 at Arrowhead Stadium and they moved on to meet the New England Patriots in the Divisional round. 

That was one game too far for Mariota and his team in 2017 - as the Patriots won 35-14 and advanced to the AFC Championship. 

Divisional Round - Tennessee Titans v New England Patriots

Mariota though, was impressive again, this time throwing for 254 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately for him, that day he was facing off against Tom Brady.

New England's veteran QB completed 35 passes himself, throwing three touchdowns and 337 yards. 

Brady has formed part of a dynasty at the Patriots and that is something Mariota should be looking to do with the Titans. 

Divisional Round - Tennessee Titans v New England Patriots

Of course, to do so, he's got a long road ahead of him. But with the quality he's is showing at such a young age, that won't be out of reach. 

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