Welcome back to another segment of #SupportLocalAthletes. This week we’re covering Hawaii’s athlete of the year. The St. Louis graduate, the Heisman Winner holding it down for the Oregon Ducks & representing for all of the 808, Marcus Mariota. Im sure if your an 808 resident or have any love for anything or anyone coming from Hawaii, Marcus’ name has been brought up in the conversation. And if by any chance you don’t have a clue who Marcus is, I suggest you do some homework. Not only is Marcus an amazing player on the field, he showcases star qualities & aloha off the field.
Last week Wednesday, Marcus announced that he will officially be turning pro and entering the draft for next years NFL season. Here is an official statement made by Mariota directed towards his university.
“My four years at the University of Oregon have been an awesome experience. I cannot thank Coach (Chip) Kelly, Coach (Mark) Helfrich, Coach (Scott) Frost, the rest of the Oregon coaches and the support staff enough for molding me as a person, player and student-athlete,” he said.
Mariota went 36-5 as a three-year starter for the Ducks. He set an NCAA passing record by passing for a touchdown in all 41 career starts, and he became the first player in Pac-12 history to account for 5,000 yards of total offense in a single season.
Lets give it up for this local boy. Lets give it up for all the local boys doing big things, showcasing aloha and representing for the 808! Defend Hawaii is proud of you Marcus, keep striving for greatness and keep up the aloha spirit. We are excited to see whats to come for your future. And to everyone out there, continue to Defend Hawaii & always SUPPORT OUR LOCAL ATHLETES!
This past Saturday local boy and UFC fighter Brad Tavares dominated his opponent Nate Marquardt @ UFC 182 in Las Vegas. Returning from back to back losses, the young hawaiian knew he had to show and prove that he is Ultimate Fighting material, so thats exactly what Brad did. After fighting all 3 rounds the judges scored the fight 30-27 for Tavares. Wow, what an amazing victory for Brad. Against someone with a name like Nates, it only solidifies that Brad is apart of the new elite fighters representing for Hawaii. We are very proud of you Brad, keep up the hard work and dedication. Keep inspiring the youth and keep doing you! Much aloha from Defend Hawaii, we will always continue to #SupportLocalAthletes!
Hau’oli Makahiki Hou Ohana. We have entered another year to live life with aloha & continue to #DefendHawaii. It’s time to get up and get something, this world is yours and your time is now! Spread nothing but aloha and let’s make this our lives best year yet! Aloha ohana, mahalo for your continuous support. #DefendHawaii got great things on the horizon, be on the look out, continue to #SupportLocal & always #DefendHawaii we would also like to thank #Defender @francis_cheehoo for this awesome photo and edit, be sure to follow him on his adventures on how he’s represents & #Defends #Hawaii.