17 Star Athletes Who Didn't Start Until Their Senior Year of High School

It's not when you get your chance, it's what you do with it.

Marcus Mariota

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Marcus Mariota

Marcus Mariota is a perfect example of how patience can pay off.

At Saint Louis High School (Honolulu, Hawaii), Mariota was an excellent athlete.

However, he did not receive the chance to start at quarterback until his senior year.

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Marcus Mariota is a perfect example of how patience can pay off.

At Saint Louis High School (Honolulu, Hawaii), Mariota was an excellent athlete.

However, he did not receive the chance to start at quarterback until his senior year.

While rumors of his athleticism and his selfless attitude intrigued college coaches, they were hesitant to offer without first seeing him in game action.

Despite riding the pine, Mariota continued to work hard, often running hill sprints to help him build his blazing speed.

When Mariota finally did receive his opportunity, he took full advantage. His senior year, he led the team to a state title while throwing for 2,597 yards and rushing for another 455 yards.

Mariota would soon commit to the University of Oregon, where he would go on to win a Heisman Trophy.

The Tennessee Titans selected him with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. 

"My family, and where I come from, are my roots. I learned who I am through them. If I'm struggling on a rep, or don't feel up to a workout, they're my motivation to push myself," Mariota told STACK in 2015.

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