"I really have to thank them and give them a lot of credit," Mariota said. "They are really what helped and allowed me to have the successful year that I had. I'd also like to thank my family and friends and people back home, in the state of Oregon who've also kind of reached and helped me to get to the position I am today. Without their help, without their sacrifice, I would not be able to stand in front of you today."
"Friends back home always kind of will shoot me texts or they'll show me a video of somebody mispronouncing it," Mariota said. "It's just kind of how it is. Unfortunately, we've gotten used to it over the years, but we don't hold any grudge or anything like that against people."
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