What a crazy weekend. Going into it, I knew it was going to be exciting but I know I got to experience something that I will probably never get to do again. Basically, I spent most of the Heisman weekend at Marcus’ side running all over town. From media interviews at the Late Show, CBS and the Dan Patrick Show. To the Hospital visit and the family tour of the 9/11 Memorial. I got to experience all of that with them.
One of the most memorable experiences for me was being able to share in the celebration immediately after the ceremony in his hotel room. Essentially, the room was filled with a small group of family, friends, coaches, and a few from the University of Oregon. I was definitely the odd man out but was still welcomed in by Marcus and his family. I knew it was an emotional time I didn’t want to be rude by shoving a camera in all of their faces so I patiently waited for small opportunities to take some photos. The family then asked if I would take some photos of them so they could remember the experience.
A few minutes later one of the people from the Heisman Trust showed up at the room with the trophy. I think this ended up being the most important photo I took the whole weekend and it’s definitely my favorite.
The trophy had just been delivered to the room and after everyone took their turn holding and looking at it Marcus set it down and sat next to it. I feel like this was the moment that it all sank in. It was the moment that the surreal started to feel a bit real. But, I think it also shows off Marcus’ personality as well. He wasn’t running around the room screaming or wanting to party. He wanted to share the moment with his family and friends in solitude. Even though he had been though a whirlwind of emotions and was exhausted (and that definitely played a part) this is just the type of person he is. Super humble and always thankful. The Heisman Trophy wasn’t a right that he felt he deserved, it was an honor. I know I’m super biased in this case but the real winner of the night was The Heisman Trust. They couldn’t have picked a better person to join the Heisman Fraternity.
At this point I need to give a huge thanks to Marcus, the Mariota Family and the University of Oregon for letting me be a part of this amazing experience. Like I mentioned earlier, this is something that I’ll probably never get to experience again. There isn’t any way possible that I could thank them all for everything. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience.
The University of Oregon’s Football program will be posting more pictures from the weekend so you can check them out there. @duckfootball
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