Marchi, who will start for the Bucs when they open the season Saturday night against Mars Hill, says his favorite player was Brett Favre, and he hopes to bring the same kind of enthusiasm to the field the Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer brought.
“I love the game and get fired up,” said Marchi, a junior who transferred to ETSU from Temple last spring. “When I’m out there, I’m like a little kid. I like bringing energy to the field. I’m very passionate each and every play, every down. I idolize Brett Favre. He’s my favorite quarterback.”
Marchi, who wears Favre’s No. 4 jersey, showed a strong arm during preseason camp. That helped him beat out Austin Herink, who had started all 33 games of his career at ETSU, for the job.
“Naturally, you’re excited, because you get a chance to go out, compete and play,” Marchi said. “It’s also a relief because I can put that behind me and look forward to Mars Hill.”
After playing against his own defense for the better part of a month, Marchi and the rest of the offense gets to spend this week trying to figure out ways to beat another team. Just knowing it’s game week again has gotten the native of Bristol, Connecticut, fired up.
“To this day, I still get butterflies when getting ready to go out and play,” he said. “Any time you get to suit up and go play is exciting. I anticipate us playing a good game. We’re going to go out and compete. I’m excited to see how this team goes out and plays.”
Marchi started seven games for Temple before suffering an injury. Along the way, he had a big game against Notre Dame, so he’s more than prepared for his newest challenge.
“I look forward to executing the game plan, working with the guys on offense and going out there and competing,” he said.
Favre played in the NFL for 20 years and threw 508 touchdown passes, which was the NFL record until Peyton Manning surpassed it. He also threw 336 interceptions, most in NFL history.
“Playing style-wise, probably not the best to idolize, but his love for the game is definitely something that is my favorite,” Marchi said.