Tua Tagovailoa

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Tua Tagovailoa Player Overview

Tuanigamanuolepola 'Tua' Tagovailoa is the most polarizing player, in terms of injury risk, in the entire NFL this year. Tua, from Hawaii, and of Samoan descent, just turned 22 years old. He was reportedly infatuated with football ever since he was a small child. He has always seemed to be gifted, being able to throw the ball much farther than his peers, even in Pop Warner, at the age of eight.

Tua's grandfather was reportedly his main inspiration, and he would discuss football with him nearly every day. After his passing in 2014, Tua decided to continue to play in honor of him.

In his first year at Honolulu's primary high school, St. Louis, where former Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota also attended, Tua put up impressive numbers, passing for 33 touchdowns over 2,500 yards and only three interceptions.

Mariota mentored Tua while they were growing up together in Hawaii. Tua's father reportedly disciplined him using a belt every single time he threw an interception, unorthodox but effective.

With each subsequent season in high school, Tua continued to thrive, and eventually joined the 'Elite 11' roster, as one of the top high school quarterbacks in the nation, and was named MVP of the squad. He was named a four-star recruit in 2017, and the top-ranked prospect in the state of Hawaii. Tua reportedly had 17 college scholarships but eventually chose Alabama.

Interestingly, Tua grew up (throwing) right-handed. However, his father trained him to throw the ball left-handed at a very young age. As we know, throwing a football left-handed is not very common.

Tua started his freshman season at Alabama as the backup to Jalen Hurts. Still, due to the dominating performances by the team, Tua ended up playing in several games that season. In the 2018 National Championship Game, Tua replaced Hurts in the second half due to ineffectiveness by Hurts.

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Tua Tagovailoa Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Nov 16, 2019 Non-NFL Inguinal Hip Strain Tagovailoa suffered a dislocated right hip in the second quarter vs. Mississippi State and underwent successful surgery. missed the rest of the season.