The Life of Tua Tagovailoa


Alivia Gutierrez, Contributor

Being drafted in the NFL for the first time can be a nerve-wracking and pressure-filled experience, but not for Tua Tagovailoa, who got drafted for his first year in the NFL by the Miami Dolphins. He attended college at the University of Alabama to play college football, and that’s where he made history. 

On September of 2018, he made his career start at the season’s opening game against Louisville in Florida. He has finished with 12-to-16, with 227 passing yards and two touchdowns in the 51-14 victory. This is where he made a start in wanting to be in the NFL even though he was still new at this. For the next three years, he worked hard to get where he is now, which is being drafted into the Dolphins as a quarterback. 

Growing up, Tagovailoa was a religious person, and he always stuck with his beliefs even when he was out on the field. During an Alabama game, he turned to praying, “Every time, before series, during series, after series, the biggest thing that helped me was my faith…Praying through series kept me calm.” This is a way for Tagovailoa to get through his games and to always keep his head up, even when sometimes the game is rough.  

Tagovailoa has always had the support of his family when playing football. He always stayed close to them no matter what. Tagovailoa had also always worked hard for wanting to be In the NFL. His father being the one to support him and to see Tagovailoa put in effort amazes him, he once said,  “Later on at about 10 at night, we come home. And he’s getting ready to go train again. He goes to that facility and does training. I mean, after a football game! And I’m thinking ‘wow,’” Galu says. 

Over all Tagovailoa will keep working hard for what he wants and to keep trying no matter what.