We’ve heard some pretty bizarre rumors come out of this NFL off-season. The tall tale of Marcus Mariota and the “surfing clause” might take the cake. Reports surfaced earlier in the week that the reason Mariota had yet to sign a contract with the Tennessee Titans was because of a clause requiring him to stop surfing.
Wednesday, ProFootballTalk reported via a source close to the matter that–drumroll, please–the whole thing is a sham and that the native Hawaiian doesn’t even surf.
Okay, we get that it’s weird that the Heisman-winning second overall pick in this year’s draft is the only first-rounder not signed to a contract yet.
But, by golly, who is making up excuses for it by committing Mariota to hobbies that he doesn’t partake in?
Sure, we can understand a team not wanting their prized draftee risking major injury while engaging in an extracurricular such as surfing. But if Mariota isn’t braving waves, then what’s the point?
PFT’s Mike Florio points out that the lack of this mysterious clause doesn’t change the fact that the Titans and Mariota still haven’t inked a contract yet.
Maybe at this Mariota should take up surfing, just to make things interesting.
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