Marcus Mariota wins the Heisman

Jonah Aumua

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota officially took home the Heisman Trophy on Saturday evening December 13, 2014. Marcus Mariota of the University of Oregon was named the 80th winner of the Heisman Memorial Trophy Award that was presented by the President of the Heisman Trophy Trust, William Dockery. Mariota, the Oregon Ducks junior quarterback recruited from Hawaii, pushed his limits to be one of the Heisman Trophy finalists on December 13, 2014, under the brightest of lights in Times Square.  Mariota earned  Oregon’s first Heisman Trophy. He was joined by Alabama’s wide receiver Amari Cooper and Wisconsin’s running  back Melvin Gordon in New York City for the Heisman ceremony. According to ESPN, “Mariota isn’t a big talker, but he steadily worked through his speech, thanking his teammates, teachers, friends and his home state of Hawaii. He finally hit a snag when it came time to thank his mother and father.”

Marcus Mariota is the first Polynesian to win the Heisman Trophy. According to Sporting News, “to the Polynesian community, I hope and pray that this is only the beginning. Young Poly athletes everywhere, you should take this as motivation, and dream big and strive for greatness.” The success of Marcus Mariota symbolizes that hard work has payed off.