Goodell called Mariota to apologize for misprouncing name

One of the most entertaining moments of the 2015 NFL Draft came during the No. 2 overall pick when the Tennessee Titans selected former Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the pick, but mispronounced the quarterback’s name, “Marioto.”

While people online had a laugh about the error, Mariota didn’t seem to notice.

Despite not hearing Goodell’s mistake, the former Heisman Trophy winner appreciated when the commissioner gave him a personal call to apologize for the mistake.

“Everyone was cheering so loud that I wasn’t able to actually hear it,” Mariota said. “He gave me a call probably half an hour later. He apologized, and I’m like, ‘I have no idea what you’re talking about.’ But he was really apologetic and I truly respect that for sure.”

Well done, commissioner Goodell.

It can’t be easy announcing a wide range of names during the draft, so it is understandable to have one slip up here and there. After all, don’t we all remember the 33rd pick of the 1991 draft, when the Atlanta Falcons selected “Brett Favor?”

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