His drive is unmatched. His endurance is inspiring. His testimony of overcoming health issues will change lives.
He has a heart for serving others and is truly invested in seeing his community impacted on a positive level.
I know the youth especially will be transformed by his mentorship and guidance.
He's definitely someone you want in your corner if you truly need assistance in reaching both your athletic and personal goals.
One thing that I can say about Marcus is that he is one of the hardest workers in the room on and off the field. The adversity that I've seen him overcome has manifested into the man you see today.
The work ethic, perseverance, and attention to detail has made him a great athlete and a great man. For him to share that insight with athletes to come is the true definition of paying it forward.
When you think of relentless effort and hard work, Marcus comes to mind. He is not only a good player that knows his craft, he has also knows how to face adversity which takes a certain mindset.
I remember when he got sick in the hospital and came back like a beast healthier than ever. That takes determination. Dedicating his time on the field after practice, staying late, back pedaling, running extra sprints after the sprints. Marcus did all that and has proven himself and it shows!
Personally knowing Marcus I joke about his arms being like the 'SpongeBob Blow Up Arms' in real life, but at one point in time we saw each other everyday and I started to see why his arms were so big.
This guy never skipped a rep and was always there to lend a hand.
Marcus is a great guy and honestly the best person in terms of being able to get you in the type of shape you want to be in. Also, he's a very humble guy who’s passionate about the things he does. I know whatever he does in life will work because he’ll put in the work.
Marcus was one of the first teammates I met at UCLA, as we both enrolled early and participated in spring practice as 'seniors in high school.'
We immediately clicked as we both showed signs of wanting to go above and beyond when it came time to putting in extra work on and off the field -whether it be spending extra time studying film, constantly being the last ones off the field after a practice (and being kicked off the field by maintenance staff as they wanted to shut off the lights and lock the gates to the field), or working out at the recreation center in our off hours.
Marcus showed signs from his first steps on campus that he wanted to be great and perfect his craft in every aspect.
Just when you begin to think you're working hard, Marcus will push you, motivate you and inspire you to put in more time, more work and more effort.
And if that weren’t enough, to make his story better, he has had to overcome more than anyone I’ve ever played with when being diagnosed with a rare fungal infection, which led to several surgeries and time away from football. Most would call it quits, but not Marcus. He took the proper steps to get his health back to speed so he could get right back to outworking the rest of us.
I truly never thought I would meet someone who would outwork me, but I can honestly say Marcus proved me wrong. And I am proud to say I was teammates with someone with that kind of work effort, drive and determination.
Rios is one the hardest working dudes I’ve met.
Just look at his arms - tell me you know another defensive back that jacked?!
Dude is also one heck of a guy, off the field and out of the weight room. He’s a good friend and has great character.
Marcus always gives 110% in the weight room, classroom and on the field. Not working with him would be crazy!
We came together early on during college recruiting and high school training days to both making it to UCLA. I personally have witnessed him overcome adversity with every obstacle thrown his way. He’s never counted himself out. In fact, there was a time during his college career where sports and his ability to be active in the slightest ways were taken away from him in an instant due to a medical condition that he was fighting.
He had multiple surgeries and overcame it all. As roommates with Marcus, I used to watch him struggle through this night in and night out. He didn’t let it get him down mentally at all. His bounce back was just a testament to the way that he is built mentally.
He attacks everything with a purpose and you have to respect it.
I remember during his illness he managed to create his own regimented workouts and built himself back into shape, overcame the illness twice through multiple operations and earned himself a spot on the back on field. Two years later he’s in the NFL adding more to his story and continuing to strive.
That is what is different about him. He’s always been fully invested in himself. He carries himself in a way that you have to respect and he holds that respect for everyone he encounters.
Marcus is great role model and mentor for the youth. His story speaks volumes and it’s only going to continue to grow.
The work ethic and determination that Marcus puts into everything is a testament to the person he is.
Every little thing he does is treated as if it were an important task.
That’s why Marcus Rios will be remembered far beyond than just being a football player.
I can say without hesitation that Marcus Rios is the hardest working person I’ve ever crossed paths with in my life.
As a teammate, he always went above and beyond the required, and faced situations that most people would not be able to overcome or work through. His perseverance combined with his work ethic is one of the most inspiring things I’ve got to witness in my sports career.
Character-wise Marcus is second to none, pure class and one of the most respectable and honest people you’ll meet. He’s someone that I if I have kids one day, I would love for them to learn from him and see firsthand how to carry themselves and the importance of having high character.
Marcus Rios is a very hard worker - he sets goals and does everything he can to reach them.
Even his story and what he went through in college speaks to his fight and character! He will motivate and push you.
I had the pleasure of coaching Marcus throughout his high school career.
Having spent thousands of hours with him, I can attest to his incredible character and the fact that he is one of the hardest working, most determined young men I have ever seen.
His tremendous willpower, fortitude, and drive are unparalleled in my 27 years in the game of football as a player and coach.
I can say with 100% certainty that he will be an outstanding teacher and mentor for young athletes striving to become the best they can possibly be.
Marcus' lead-by-example mindset and his clear ability to communicate and teach helps bring out the best in any athletes under his tutelage.
Rios is one of the hardest working athletes I've been around. It doesn't matter what phase it is.
Recovery, strength and conditioning, or on the field he's always willing to take it to the next level.
Honestly, there's no way seeing around it. We call him 'Biceps' for a reason!
Marcus is an awesome individual. He’s very smart and has tremendous work ethic. I respect his approach to training because he takes his time to make sure he is maximizing each session.
He’s had to overcome a tremendous amount of adversity which is why he is so successful today.
Anyone looking to work with Marcus can trust that they will get elite training.
If you’re looking to get pushed, if you're looking to increase your competitive juices, and if you’re ultimately looking to accomplish goals then Marcus is the guy for you to work with!
I've known Marcus for years and he has always been a team-first and family-first guy.
He’s one of the hardest workers I know, and just one of those dudes that constantly gets better and is consistent with his approach.
It’s a pleasure to get to work with him.