April 30, 2001
by Bronwyn Wilson
Senior Staff Reporter
Hurrah for the Oakland Raiders! Why? On April 21 the Raiders drafted one of Woodinville's favorite sons, Husky quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo. Chosen in the second round of the NFL draft, the University of Washington senior was the 59th pick overall. No other Husky quarterback has ever gone before the third round.
Tuiasosopo's mom, Tina, is elated about the news "We're very proud of him and we're very excited for him," she said of her son's selection by the Raiders.
"He's been given the opportunity to continue his dream and play the sport of football he loves so much. We're just ecstatic." She mentioned that upon hearing the news she had laughed about her son playing for Seahawk's rival and said, "Now we're just die-hard Raider fans."
Many Woodinville football fans will no doubt join in her newfound loyalty.
"Tui," as fans affectionately call him, earned a following while leading the Dawgs to an 11-1 record last season, including a Rose Bowl victory over Purdue in January.
Tuiasosopo's former coach at Woodinville High School, Terry Agnew, remembers that his celebrated student was fun to coach. "He was just a great kid," said Coach Agnew. "Very personable and hardworking. He was a real good leader when he was here. He'll be very successful and we'll all continue to see good things. He's just that kind of person."
The name Tuiasosopo has been a formidable force in the world of football, not only in the past but could remain in the future for sometime. Tui's dad, Manu, played defensive tackle for the Seahawks and 49ers. He was a first round pick by the Seahawks in 1979 out of UCLA. Also, Tui's younger brother, Zach, is a freshman linebacker at the UW.
In March, the Woodinville City Council honored Marques Tuiasosopo, and his Husky teammate and childhood pal, fullback Pat Conniff, for their success as dynamic winners and positive role models.
Tuiasosopo recently attended the Raiders' training camp and will finish up school at the UW in June. He'll then report to Oakland this summer. Though Pat Conniff was not drafted and has not signed a free agent contract at this time, he has expressed a desire to pursue a career as a firefighter.
In the last 10 years, 70 percent of the quarterbacks drafted in the first and second round went on to become full-time starters, states a study by NFL.com.
The Raiders will play Seattle Nov. 11 at Husky stadium. Go Seahawks! Go Raiders!