Tuanigamanuolepola “Tua” Tagovailoa was born on March 2nd, 1998 in ‘Ewa Beach, Hawaii. He and his family are of Samoan descent. Tua was raised in Hawaii, and attended Saint Louis School in Honolulu. He was so into football as a child that he would sleep with a football under his arm every night. His grandfather, Seu, was an enormous influence on Tua, and when he died in 2014, Tua considered quitting the game. Many people are happy that he did not.
In his junior year of high school, Tua threw 33 touchdowns against only 3 interceptions and 2,583 passing yards. In his senior year, Tua threw 27 touchdowns and 7 interceptions to go along with 2,669 passing yards. He was deemed a four-star recruit and the top high school prospect in the state of Hawaii. He had 17 different offers to play on a college football scholarship and he chose the University of Alabama.
In his freshman season, Tua was a backup to Jalen Hurts. He would play here and there in blowout games but got a chance in the National Championship due to ineffective play by Hurts. Tua would take that opportunity and throw the game-winning touchdown. The following season saw Tua and Alabama losing in the National Championship and it would be the last one he would play in. Tua’s 2019 season was riddled with injuries and he underwent 2 big surgeries. There were questions about his NFL draft status. Those questions were answered when he was chosen 5th overall by the Miami Dolphins. The pick has Dolphins fans everywhere as excited as can be and rightfully so. It’s an exciting time to think about the future of the Miami Dolphins with Tua now onboard.
By STEVE FARACE
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