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Titans QB Marcus Mariota: "I'm in a good spot"


PHOENIX —* *Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is in a good place in his recovery, both physically and mentally.

"There are different things both on and off the field that I can learn from (the injury)," Mariota said in an interview with KHON in Hawaii, "and it's given me an opportunity to realize how special the game really is, and how special my opportunity really is to play, and every time I step on the field to just enjoy it because you don't really know when the last one could come up."

Mariota suffered a fractured fibula in the team's loss at Jacksonville on December 24. He underwent surgery, and began rehabbing the injury. He's spent a good portion of the offseason at the University of Oregon.

In an interview with KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello on Monday in Hawaii, Mariota said "this process has been really good, and I'm in a good spot."

Speaking in an on-camera interview at the Oahu Country Club in Nuuanu, Mariota was out of the walking boot he wore earlier in the offseason.

Mariota, through his "Motiv8 Foundation" hosted a charity golf tournament Monday in Hawaii. Prior to his tee time, First Hawaiian Bank Chairman and CEO Bob Harrison presented a check to Mariota, according to KHON. The donated amount was the result of proceeds from the sale of a collector's edition Marcus Mariota Bobblehead.

Mariota told KHON he is confident he'll be ready for training camp.

"It has been incredible,'' Mariota said of his recovery. "The opportunity to come home, to relax, to see family and hang out with friends and enjoy some of the sun and the beach, it really rejuvenates me and it gives me an opportunity to get healthy mentally along with getting healthy physically. With all the eyes and ears I've had around me, this process has been really good and I am in a good spot.

 "… For me, it has been very beneficial to be in so many places, whether it was Oregon or here back home. I've had the opportunity to use the facilities up at Oregon and I've had the opportunity here back home to do some of the training stuff I have always done, whether it's running on the beach. Certain things like that will allow me to push the rehab process while at the same time not push it too far where I am overextending myself.

"As long as I continue on this path, I'll be ready to go once fall comes around."

In 2016, Mariota completed 276-of-451 passes for 3,426 yards, 26 touchdowns, nine interceptions, along with a 95.6 passer rating. He also rushed for 349 yards and two touchdowns. looks back at Marcus Mariota's second NFL season in 2016. (AP Photos)

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