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A bust of former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota made out of sandwich bread, meats and vegetables is unveiled at a Subway restaurant in Honolulu Wednesday.

Hawaii-born Marcus Mariota, Heisman trophy winner and top NFL draft prospect, has been signed to a celebrity endorsement deal by Subway Restaurants.

This follows his Nike endorsement contract, reported last week.

To mark Mariota’s enlistment as a “Famous Fan” of the brand alongside Clayton Kershaw, Mike Trout, Russell Westbrook, Robert Griffin III, Justin Tuck, Nastia Liukin and Soccer legend Pele, Subway created a life-sized food statue, made from Subway ingredients, that Mariota unveiled in the Subway restaurant at the Waikiki Beach Walk Wednesday.

The statue was made by food sculptor Jim Victor. 

“It’s really funny,” Mariota told the Associated Press. “The actual message is that Subway has come out with guacamole, and I like guacamole, and so the statue is made of all the ingredients in guacamole.

“When they first showed it to us at the house, my mom, she made sure I got a photo with it.” 

Following the unveiling, Mariota helped make sandwiches at the store on Lewers Street.

“Throughout my amateur career, I have always made sure to take care of my body with proper nutrition and training,” said Mariota, in a statement. “Subway has been a staple in my diet since I was a young football player.”

The restaurant’s news release mentioned that Mariota’s two favorite sandwiches are the Black Forest ham, egg and cheese on flatbread, for breakfast, and the Cold Cut Combo on Italian bread with cheese, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, sweet onion sauce and Ranch dressing, at other times of day.

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