Who Is Marcus Mariota’s Mother Alana Deppe-Mariota?

By NoahPublished on: September 3, 2023 Updated on: January 31, 2024
Birthday August 24, 1971
Birthplace Hawaii
Age 52 years
Son Marcus Mariota
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Alana Deppe-Mariota became a renowned face in the NFL after her son Marcus Mariota was first drafted in the NFL. Marcus has since become a great player and Alana has a big hand in it. 

Here today we are going to explore many interesting facts about Alana’s life and know her relationship with her son Marcus.

Key Takeaways

  • Alana Deppe is originally from Hawaii and also spent a few years of her childhood in Alaska.
  • Her parents are Ardel Deppe and Alice Lynn Carl.
  • Alana met Marcus’ dad Toa at Chaminade University, Hawaii.
  • She has two sons Marcus and Matt.
  • She supported Marcus when he was just starting out his football career.

Alana Deppe-Mariota is of German Descent

Deppe-Mariota was born on August 23, 1971, Alana – pronounced with a long sound for the middle a – is of mostly German heritage. She is the daughter of Ardel Deppe and Alice Lynn Carl.

Alana spent her early life in Alaska with her father Ardel Deppe, and her grandfather who worked there during the height of the Oil boom. Later, the family settled on the island of Kauai, Hawaii.

Alana Was Offered a Swimming Scholarship

Alana was a competitive swimmer in her high school. But when she was offered a scholarship to Pepperdine, she rejected it as she was bored of swimming laps. Instead, she enrolled at Chaminade University, where she met her future husband.

She graduated from Kapaa High, a public school in Kauai. For some time, she served as the district manager for Follett Library Resources, where she worked on books and curriculum for schools.

What Does Alana Do For A Living?

Alana, along with her husband Toa and son Marcus, is the co-founder of Motiv8 Foundation, an organization that aims to create and support economic and educational programs for future athletes.

Through the organization, she tries to provide positive educational and athletic outlets for kids of all ages, distributes food and supplies to the homeless and others in need, and also gives back to the community.

Who Is Alana’s Husband?

Mariota’s husband is Toa Mariota. As of today, the couple have been married for a couple of decades.

Initially, Toa and Alana met at Chaminade University when both of them were studying there.

Talking about her spouse, Toa worked in the Department of Homeland Security and later became a supervisor in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement branch. Together, they are parents to two sons Marcus and Matt.

Who Are Alana Deppe Mariota’s Sons?

Alana has two sons, Marcus and Matt. Her elder son Marcus was born on October 30, 1993. He started his NFL career in 2015 when he was drafted by the Tennessee Titans. As of 2024, he is playing in the quarterback position for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Alana with her family
Alana with her family watching the 2015 NFL draft.

Matt Mariota, her younger son also stepped his foot on professional football. Although he has not yet featured in the NFL, he did play American Football in the outside linebacker position for the University of Oregon and Leeds Beckett University.

Alana’s Husband Toa Was Unsure Of His Son’s Career Choice

Marcus Mariota, Alana’s elder son, loved playing sports from his childhood. He used to play rugby, volleyball, soccer and surfing. As he matured, he developed an interest in American football, a sport widely embraced in his community.

However, his father, who was brought up in American Samoa, never really liked football. Consequently, he aimed to divert his son’s interest, ultimately permitting him solely to engage in flag football, which Toa himself grew up playing.

Alana Helped Marcus Chase His Football Dream

When Marcus’s dad Toa had doubts about him playing American football, Alana was persistent in encouraging Marcus to follow his dream.

“My dad wanted me to continue with flag, but my mom was the one who said, OK, give this a shot. And then I’d come home and I’d be sore, and my dad was like, I don’t know about this, but my mom was, eh, come on, suck it up. Now it’s pretty funny, my dad is the one to tell me to suck it up, and my mom is asking, ‘Are you sure you’re OK?’”

Alana Deppe Mariota with her husband and son.
Alana Deppe Mariota with her husband and son Marcus.

When Marcus joined St. Louis School, he was overjoyed to join the football team there. And after seeing his dedication and love for the sport, his father finally caved in.

Alana Deppe-Mariota Made Sacrifices For Her Son

Marcus was born into a middle-class family which had financial difficulties. Marcus’ coaching expenses were hard to manage for the family, but Alana and Toa never gave up and tried their best to provide for their boys.

They sold their house which was on a cliff overlooking picturesque Diamond Head, a dormant volcano on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, to ensure that Marcus got the best coaching possible.

Alana Mariota hugging her son
Deppe-Mariota hugging her son Marcus.

“Growing up, my parents made a lot of sacrifices for my brother and me to go to private school and to attend some of the football camps. They got through some hard times, but it was for me, and that’s what I’ve learned from them. I’m very grateful for that.”

Alana Deppe-Mariota’s Net Worth

She is living a lavish life now, thanks to her two wonderful boys. Her personal net worth is estimated to be around $250,000. Meanwhile, her son Marcus has a total fortune of $12 million.

About Author: Noah

Noah is an avid fan of NFL. If there's a game going on, he will watch it. Apart from watching games, he likes writing articles on NFL players, their family and WAGs.