Tua Tagovailoa Biography
Tagovailoa Tuanigamanuolepola American football quarterback (/tovalo/ TUNG-oh-vy-LOW-uh; born March 2, 1998) with the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played collegiate football for Alabama, where he won the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship as the Most Valuable Offensive Player. As a student there, he also received the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Award. Despite missing the most of his junior season due to a hip injury, the Dolphins took him with the fifth overall choice in the 2020 NFL Draft. With the Dolphins, Tagovailoa started his quarterbacking career as Ryan Fitzpatrick’s backup. He took over as the Dolphins’ starting quarterback toward the end of his rookie campaign. Tagovailoa was Miami’s primary starting quarterback as of the 2021 season.
Early life and high school career
The firstborn child of Galu and Diane Tagovailoa, Tagovailoa was the oldest of four children in a Samoan family. He was created in Hawaii’s Ewa Beach. Even as a young child, according to his parents, he would go to bed with a football tucked under his arm. This shows that his love of football was a lifelong interest. While he was eight years old and participating in Pop Warner games, when his contemporaries could typically only throw a football 10 yards or less, he routinely completed passes longer than 30 yards.
When he was younger, Seu Tagovailoa served as his main source of inspiration. Because of how highly regarded he was in the local Samoan society, he was frequently referred to as “Chief Tagovailoa.” Seu demanded that the former meet him after each game and give him a report on his progress since he believed Tua would one day rise to prominence in the football world. Tua had some second thoughts about continuing to play his beloved sport after Seu passed away in 2014, but he and his father ultimately decided that it would be the best way to remember Seu for him to do so.
In his senior year of high school, Tagovailoa made his varsity football debut. He concluded the year with 2,583 passing yards, 33 passing touchdowns, and three interceptions. When asked about his source of inspiration and drive, Tagovailoa cited his father’s style of punishment, which included the use of a belt whenever Tagovailoa threw an interception. In addition to playing in the 2016 All-American Bowl, Tagovailoa threw for 2,669 yards, 27 passing touchdowns, and seven interceptions in the regular season. As one of the top high school quarterbacks in the nation, he was also chosen to be a part of the Elite 11. He received the Most Valuable Player title while he was a member of the team.
Tagovailoa received a rating of four stars during the 2017 recruiting cycle, making him the most highly ranked high school talent in the whole state of Hawaii. He looked up to Marcus Mariota, the current Atlanta Falcons quarterback and 2014 Heisman Trophy winner, while they were both teenagers growing up in Hawaii and going to Saint Louis School in Honolulu. He went to the same school as him. He considered 17 different options before deciding to enroll at the University of Alabama in January 2017.