Another First for Marcus Mariota?

Mariota had a historic career as a Duck

The 2014 football season was a season of firsts for the Ducks and undoubtedly one that will be remembered as one of the greatest of all time. This off-season will be just as historic with the departure of Marcus Mariota and another potential first, the retiring of an Oregon Duck jersey.

Reported by Geoffrey Arnold of The Oregonian an online petition has been started, calling for the school to retire its first-ever jersey number. If there is a player that deserves the honor it is Mariota, who lead the Ducks to the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship and brought the University its first Heisman award.

Mariota was the first Pac-12 player to have over 5,000 yards of offense in a single season

Kevin Cline

Mariota was the first Pac-12 player to have 5,000+ yards of offense in a single season.

Mariota finished his college career with a 36-5 record as a starter. Over the last three years he has thrown for more than 10,000 yards and 105 touchdowns with only 14 interceptions. Of course, all the work he accomplished with his golden arm was complemented by his skill as a rusher, running for 2,237 yards and 29 touchdowns, and wreaking havoc on defenses and bringing fans to their feet — not to mention the fact that he has thrown a touchdown pass in every game he has started and was the first Pac-12 player to accumulate more than 5,000 yards of total offense in a season.

While his actions on the field were eye-popping and awe-inspiring, it is his demeanor off the field that will be remembered. Widely regarded as the nicest player in the nation, he was a model for what a quarterback should be: a leader on and off the field.

In honor of a player who has done so much for the school, it would be fitting for his number to be the first Oregon has ever retired.

Top Photo by Kevin Cline

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Max Thornberry

Max Thornberry

My name is Max Thornberry, and I am a sophomore at the University of Oregon studying journalism. I am from Ventura, CA but fell in love with Oregon when I visited last year and came to the Oregon vs. Cal game. I love sports and my hobbies mainly include fantasy baseball and football as well as playing sports video games. Growing up watching sports center and espn news I always wondered what I had to do in order to get a job where I got to talk sports every day, so when I saw an opportunity to intern for a sports news website ( I couldn't wait to get involved.

  • The Guest


    The writer too? LOL!!

  • Carl Franklin

    I am the originator of the petition encouraging the University of Oregon to retire Marcus Mariota’s number. I just wanted to say that I enjoyed your article and would like to say thank you for brining exposure to it. You hit the head of the nail for the reasons I started the petition in the first place. Marcus has always put the team before himself and has selflessly set the standard for other college football players to achieve. I have attached the link for the petition itself and the Facebook page supporting it.