With one game in the books in his professional football career, Marc Mariani still can’t believe it.
“The whole experience [week 1] was a dream come true,” the seventh-round pick from Montana said. “I’m enjoying every second of it and having a blast every day.”
With three punt returns totaling 21 yards and three kickoff returns for 70 yards, it is very clear, at least early on, that Mariani is “the return guy” for the Tennessee Titans heading into week 2 of the NFL season.
Mariani was targeted once against the Raiders, but is still looking for that first regular-season reception and isn’t going to let that get him down.
“I’m still a kid running around having fun,” he said.
He did say that Nate Washington’s wide-open touchdown catch on Sunday “are the hardest ones for a receiver, the ball feels like it’s up there for days.”
Mariani is in a unique situation for a rookie. He could be looking at three possible opportunities to score his first-ever NFL touchdown. And when I asked him if he’s thought about that moment, he admitted, with a big smile on his face, that he has a lot.
“I’ve dreamed about it a thousand times,” Mariani added.
Every kid growing up dreams about the game winning basket, or the walk-off homerun, or in this case the game-winning touchdown, followed by, fill in the blank [spike, leap, toss to the ref, dance].
I asked him if he had something up his sleeve for his first ever touchdown?
“You’re going to have to wait and find out,” Mariani said. “I’m not sure if I bust out any dance moves because of how much crap I’ll get.”
If Marc Mariani scores on Sunday, against the Steelers, good things are in store for the Titans and all eyes will be on No.83 to see what he’s saying he can’t reveal yet.