Remembering Marcus Mariota's best moments

Chris Burkhardt
NBC Sports Northwest

Marcus Ardel Taulauniu Mariota is a legend in Eugene and across Duck Nation. One of the greatest to ever wear green and yellow and step foot on the Autzen Stadium turf. 

From 2012 to 2014, the Honolulu, Hawaii native was the best thing in college football. 

Mariota led the Ducks to a 36-5 record in his three seasons behind center and a birth in the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship.

Anytime Mariota was on the field, all eyes were on the Ducks. 

In his time in Eugene, Mariota was named Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year, three-time All-Conference First Team, Polynesian College Football Player of the Year, won the Davey O'Brien Award, Walter Camp Award, Maxwell Award, and is the first player in Oregon history to bring home the Heisman Memorial Trophy. 

Mariota was a human highlight reel that final year on campus, and you can re-live that magical Heisman season in the video above. 

But the fun didn't stop there.

All his success at Oregon led him to be drafted No.2 overall in 2015 by the Tennessee Titans.

And in his first drive as a pro, he threw a touchdown. 

He even caught his own touchdown pass!

Ultimately, though, his time in Tennessee didn't go as planned, but it was still filled with plenty of jaw-dropping moments. 

Don't believe us? Then just watch the video below. 

After four seasons of highlight plays in Tennessee, the team decided to move in a new direction this offseason. 

Rather than invest in Mariota, the Titans signed Ryan Tannehill to a mega deal. In return, Mariota decided to start a new chapter of his career, signing a deal with the Las Vegas Raiders. 

Under new head coach Jon Gruden, Mariota could once again find that spark that made him one of the most feared players in the game when he was a Duck. 

Remembering Marcus Mariota's best moments originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

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