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Samoan Sports and Celebrities / Re: Marcus Mariota Pays Tribute to Samoa, Poly Roots
« Last post by ipacific on December 29, 2014, 03:37:05 AM »
Marcus Mariota wearing Samoan and Hawaiian leis after winning Heisman Trophy.
Samoan Sports and Celebrities / Marcus Mariota Pays Tribute to Samoa, Poly Roots
« Last post by ipacific on December 29, 2014, 03:29:09 AM »
Heisman Winner Marcus Mariota Pays Tribute to Poly Roots


Wearing both a Hawaiian and a Samoan lei, a grey-suited Marcus Mariota held his Heisman Trophy and tearfully thanked those who helped him to win it.

The first-ever Hawaiian, and the first Oregon Duck to win the highest collegiate football honor was also the first Heisman winner to say 'thank you,' in Samoan during his acceptance speech.

Raised in Honolulu, where he attended St. Louis Prep - an all-male Catholic school - the 6-foot-4, 219-pound quarterback thanked players, coaches, teachers and his parents, Toa Mariota and Alana Deppe-Mariota, for keeping him "always mindful and faithful."

"I hope and pray that this is only the beginning," Mariota said, before turning to his fellow Polynesians.

"To young Poly athletes everywhere," he said. "You should take this as motivation and dream big and strive for greatness."

In 2014, Mariota - a redshirt junior with another year of eligibility - threw for 3,783 yards and 38 touchdowns with just two interceptions. He's earned 10, 125 and 101 touchdowns over his college career, with just 12 interceptions.

Mariota will lead No. 3 ranked Oregon versus No. 2 ranked Florida in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. That game will also pit last year's Heisman, Jameis Winston, with this year's winner, Mariota.
Samoan Sports and Celebrities / Marcus Mariota wins Heisman Trophy
« Last post by ipacific on December 29, 2014, 03:11:56 AM »


NEW YORK (AP) -- Marcus Mariota, the prototypical 21st-century quarterback, took an old-fashioned approach to become Oregon's first Heisman Trophy winner.

The Ducks' understated star won the Heisman on Saturday night going away, capping a three-year climb to college football's most prestigious individual award.

"I'm humbled to be standing here today," Mariota said, reading an acceptance speech he had a hard time getting through without choking up.

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Marcus Mariota spoke of the aspirations of Polynesian youth, ended his acceptance by saying "fa'afetai tele lava" and during a pre-announcement interview spoke about the brotherhood of Hawaii football players wherever they play in college.

A pinpoint passer with wide-receiver speed, Mariota came into his junior season as the favorite to win the 80th Heisman and delivered a performance that turned the presentation ceremony at a theater in Times Square into a foregone conclusion.

Mariota received twice as many points as second-place finisher Melvin Gordon, the record-breaking running back from Wisconsin. The other finalist, Alabama receiver Amari Cooper, was third.

Mariota received the second-highest percentage of possible points (90.92) in Heisman history, behind only Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith, who had 91.63 in 2006. Southern California tailback Reggie Bush received 91.77 percent of possible points in 2005, but his victory was later vacated for violating NCAA rules.

The first Hawaii native to win the Heisman has accounted for a Pac-12-record 53 touchdowns (38 passing, 14 rushing and one receiving) while directing the Ducks' warp-speed spread offense. He also led Oregon to a spot in the first College Football Playoff.

It will be a matchup of Heisman-winning quarterbacks in the Rose Bowl semifinal Jan. 1 with Mariota and the second-seeded Ducks facing Florida State and Jameis Winston.

Mariota has been making a whirlwind tour up the East Coast collecting trophies. First stop, Orlando, Florida, on Thursday, to pick up an armful of hardware. Next stop, Baltimore for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. He took a train to New York on Saturday morning. It was his first time on a train and his first time in the Big Apple.

"It's breathtaking, really," he said of the city hours before being announced as the winner. "I've never been around so many skyscrapers and lights and people. It's definitely been a different feel, but it's cool."

In an era when so many Heisman winners seemingly come from out of nowhere - the last two were the first freshmen winners - Mariota's rise was slow and steady.

Three of the last four Heisman winners were in their first seasons as starters, including Cam Newton, who won the award in his only season at Auburn after transferring from a junior college. Before Newton, three straight sophomores won the award (Tim Tebow of Florida, Sam Bradford of Oklahoma and Mark Ingram of Alabama). Tebow was the first sophomore winner.

Like Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Winston, the previous two winners, Mariota started as a redshirt freshman. It didn't take long for him to establish himself as a star, but unlike Johnny Football and Famous Jameis, Mariota wasn't the face of college football in his first season.

In his second season he was even better, putting up numbers that rivaled those of Heisman finalist quarterbacks Winston, Manziel, AJ McCarron and Jordan Lynch, but when it came time to vote for the Heisman, Mariota was forgotten. He didn't even finish in the top 10 in 2013.

This season Mariota was the man to beat from the start and nobody could touch him. Except for a blip in early October, when the Ducks lost to Arizona, Mariota exceeded the hype.

He leads the nation in passer rating (186.2), is fifth in total offense (342.5 yards per game) and has led the Ducks to a Pac-12 title with a chance to play for their first national championship.

Of course, patience and poise have defined Mariota's career. He didn't start for his high school team until he was a senior - then led Saint Louis in Honolulu to a state title.

A quiet leader with a nice-guy reputation, Mariota brought no off-field baggage to this Heisman ceremony. After a season beset by off-field troubles, including a school hearing into sexual assault allegations, Winston wasn't a finalist this time around.

Mariota has another year of eligibility, but he's been in Eugene, Oregon, for four years and is on target to graduate soon. He has yet to declare for the NFL draft, but he has likely played his last home game at Autzen Stadium.

Mariota passes the NFL eye test, too. He could have been a high draft pick last year, and his stock has only gone up this season.

Oregon's only Heisman finalists before Mariota were quarterback Joey Harrington in 2001 and running back LaMichael James in 2010. For Harrington, Oregon, with Nike's help, put up a billboard in Times Square to promote their Heisman candidate.

Oregon didn't need a billboard to get the word out about Mariota. His play provided all the publicity he needed.

Samoa Quake and Tsunami News / Re: Western Samoans thankful for gift
« Last post by tazy on November 15, 2014, 04:27:21 AM »
I feel sad when I read about Samoa Quake and Tsnunami. My hart goes out to Samoa. Again I say be imoveable in righteousness. Love you Samoa....!!!
Samoan Language / Fa'a Samoa App
« Last post by FaaSamoApp on November 10, 2014, 07:36:55 PM »
Malo Soifua,

I have a Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/FaaSamoaApp which I've created as the Official Facebook Page for the FREE iOS Fa'a Sāmoa App https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/faasamoa/id912779995?mt=8 which includes a lot of useful recordings to Learn Samoan.

I'm currently working on an Update for the App which will include a lot of common words and phrases such as "How are you?" and "My name is ...", so please feel free to like my Page and also download the App if you have an iOS Device.

Fa'afetai lava mo le avanoa.
Samoan Music / Re: The Turtle and the Shark
« Last post by zohaa on November 04, 2014, 08:03:08 AM »
very nice song ,i like it so much ,thanks :)
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Visitor's Fale - Amerika Samoa / Re: Alaskan, Loved my visit to AS
« Last post by sara736 on October 20, 2014, 02:30:41 AM »
I like to visit Alaska
Visitor's Fale - Amerika Samoa / Re: Looking for Ed TV staff from the late 60's
« Last post by kaya67 on October 08, 2014, 01:35:32 AM »
I wish we had language classes here, its mainly on other cultures.
Samoan Music / Re: Samoan kid from Seattle: Music Video Competition
« Last post by aron123 on September 30, 2014, 10:17:56 PM »
Thanks for share...
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