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How futbol influenced Mariota's football success

from The Oregonian

Rick Chong, a former youth soccer coach of first-round NFL draftee Marcus Mariota with the Honolulu Bulls club, watched Mariota play football last fall and saw a memory of practices at Waialae Iki Park near Oahu's eastern shore where a tall, skinny elementary-aged boy learned to hone the nimble footwork that has transformed him into a national star in another sport. Eventually, futbol gave way to football. Compared with his credentials earned on the gridiron, highlighted by being the first Oregon Duck and Hawaiian-born player to win the Heisman Trophy, soccer remains a footnote that is mostly unknown off the islands. more


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