As he watched Marcus Mariota receive the Heisman Trophy in December, one thought kept running through Jack Thompson's head.
"I just kept saying, 'He's Samoan. He's Samoan. He's Samoan,'" Thompson said.
It's a matter of pride for Thompson, a former NFL quarterback known as "The Throwin' Samoan." Mariota, who was born and raised in Hawaii, also comes from Samoan ancestry. His father was born in Samoa.