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Conference Call: WR Marc Mariani

Posted Apr 24, 2010

WR MARC MARIANI

(on his friendship with Brandon Fisher)

He was the one that made the call. He was in the room with Coach Fisher right now. He actually made the call and he was messing with me a little bit. I have been talking with him throughout this whole period and he made the call. First he was messing around with me. It was a real call this time. It was just overwhelming.

(on the prank call)

I had been talking with him on my cell phone throughout the day and I got the number from the Titans on my call and then they said that someone wanted to talk to me. I thought alright this is it, I’m excited. He was on the other line and he said I’m just messing with you. I just had to call you from this number to mess around. At that point I was ready to fly down there and whoop his buns. Then he told me it was the real deal and he put me on with Coach. At that point I kind of lost it a little bit. It was awesome. That is not something a lot of people get to do. To hear his voice was pretty cool.

(on whether he thought he was going to get drafted)

I went in not with any real expectations because I know how crazy this process is. I thought that we had gotten enough interest and enough phone calls that maybe someone would give me an opportunity. I’m always optimistic, so I was always listening pretty close. I thought maybe my name would be called. For the most part I didn’t get too excited and just kind of waited it out. I don’t think it could have turned out better.

(on if he knows Coach Fisher)

I knew him a little bit. After the games you meet the parents and that kind of thing. He has got to watch a lot of our games, so that was always nice. I actually took a visit to Tennessee and then I got to sit down and talk to him a lot more. He has been helping me throughout this whole process through Brandon. He has been a good resource. He is one of the best there is.

(on if you ever thought there was opportunity to show off for the Titans brass)

It was never a reality, it was always a dream. It was always a dream that something could develop. He is up there sitting in the stands and you are out there trying to do your best. It was always a dream but I didn’t think it was going to come true. I’m living the dream right now.

(on what he has to do to take it to the next level)

I know that it doesn’t end here. This is just the beginning. I know that I have my work cut out for me. I know it is going to be cutthroat. It is going to be just intense camp. I don’t expect him to play any favors. Throughout this whole process you really learn that this is an intense business. I have to earn everything and every inch and every rep. That is what I’m looking forward to doing.

(on punt and kickoff return)

From my point of view I will do whatever it takes. I would definitely feel comfortable as a returner, punt or kick. If they ask me to do that, I will be first in line. I think when you are trying to make a team, anywhere you go, whatever you can put on your resume as far as getting on the field it will help you. That will be a resource for me. Like I said I’m going to do whatever they ask and I’m just going to work my butt of every day and give it everything I got.

(on whether he visited any other teams)

I visited the Colts, the Texans and the Falcons as well.

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