Hawaii native Marcus Mariota reflects on Pearl Harbor

Marcus Mariota (Photo: WKRN)
Marcus Mariota (Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Wednesday is the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the Titans have one player with a unique perspective on the historic place in American history.

Marcus Mariota hails from Hawaii, so when we talk about Pearl Harbor, we’re talking about his backyard.

The attack was four generations ago. For some, it’s ancient history, especially for those of us on the mainland who will never see it.

Everyone who goes there is affected, and on Wednesday, Mariota remembered the first time he visited.

“December 7, 1941 is something, especially growing up in Hawaii. You learn at such a young age and you always think about the families that are affected in that, and, you know, it’s really right down the street from a lot of us growing up, so it puts a lot of things in perspective, so you kind of look back and pay your respects,” he said.

The Titans have always had a strong attachment to the NFL’s Salute to Service. Head coach Mike Mularkey’s father was a World War II veteran.