Mariota's Cleats from Opening Day Displayed at HOF


NASHVILLE, Tenn. —Marcus Mariota's career just started, but he's already made it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Mariota's cleats, that is.

On Wednesday, the white and blue Nike cleats worn by the Titans rookie quarterback in the team's 42-14 win over the Buccaneers were put on display in the Hall of Fame's Pro Football Today Gallery.

Jason Rentner, Web Production Specialist for the Hall of Fame, said Mariota's cleats joined other recent artifacts from from Weeks 1 and 2 of the 2015 NFL season.

Mariota completed 13 of 16 passes for 209 yards and four touchdowns for a 158.3 passer rating against the Buccaneers. He is the first rookie in NFL history to post a perfect passer rating on Kickoff Weekend. Mariota also joined Fran Tarkenton as the only rookies to throw four touchdown passes on kickoff weekend.

Also in a display with Mariota's cleats – the jersey worn by rookie running back David Johnson of the Cardinals, along with his cleats, and the jersey of Bills receiver Percy Harvin.

Johnson had a 108-yard kickoff return touchdown and a 13-yard touchdown run in Arizona's 48-23 win against the Chicago Bears on September 20. Johnson also had a 55-yard touchdown reception last week in his Week 1 NFL debut. He is the first player in NFL history with a rushing touchdown, receiving touchdown and a kickoff return touchdown in his first two games to begin a career.

Harvin had five catches for 79 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown catch, during the Bills 27-14 victory against the Indianapolis Colts on Kickoff Weekend. Harvin and Hall of Famer Ollie Matson are the only players in NFL history with at least four career 50-yard touchdown catches and three 100-yard kickoff-return touchdowns.

Mariota has completed 34-of-53 passes for 466 yards and six touchdowns in his first two NFL games, with an NFL best 129.9 rating. He's the first player in NFL history with six touchdowns passes in his first 2 NFL games.

Titans Online looks back rookie QB Marcus Mariota's regular season debut. (photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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