Titans QB Marcus Mariota Hopes to Stay Healthy in 2019


Will this be the year Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota finally stays healthy?
Or will it be more of the same for the injury riddled quarterback. It seems Mariota just can’t avoid getting hurt every season. He missed three games last year with a variety of injuries, including nerve damage, a cracked vertebra, and a broken rib among others. Right now Mariota says he feels fine as the team went through their first OTA’s this week.

Reporter:”Do you take a different approach over the last couple of years just the health stuff. Is it a different approach this year?”
Said Mariota:”No. Just try to be the best that I can be. Obviously health wise there’s some things that towards the end of the year I wish had happened differently. It’s just kind of the nature of the beast. The game that we play.”
Reporter:”Do you try not to be I guess for this point in your career to be defined by that because it’s the nature of the business?”
Said Mariota:”You know I don’t worry about it. I just have to continue to focus on what I can do here with these guys. Other people’s opinions don’t matter to me. I just have to be the best that I can be.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.