One year ago, Tua Tagovailoa suffered a hip injury that put his football career in jeopardy. Fast-forward to last Sunday and the Alabama product was finally able to make his debut in the NFL for the Miami Dolphins.
The fact that coach Brian Flores sent Tua out there to throw his first couple of career passes was a sign that he was healthy enough to play. However, it seemed like we'd still have to wait a little longer before it was Tua Time in Florida.
That's why it was so surprising to find out that the Miami Dolphins plan to name Tua Tagovailoa their starting quarterback for the remainder of the season, with Ryan Fitzpatrick turning again to a backup role, according to Adam Schefter.
Tua Tagovailoa Opens Up On His Debut
“It was a very special moment for me because my parents weren’t here so I wanted to sit close to where we ended our drive at and ended up FaceTiming my parents," the 5th overall pick of the Draft told The Miami Herald after his debut.
Tua Tagovailoa went back to the field and he’s sitting around the 15-yard-line in full uniform. It looks like he’s soaking this moment in.— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) October 18, 2020
On November 16, 2019, Tua suffered a potentially career-ending injury. On October 18, 2020, he threw his first NFL passes. pic.twitter.com/q5OHSNQe2c
Ryan Fitzpatrick To Back Up Tua
Ryan Fitzpatrick was well aware of the fact that he'd had to give the keys of the offense to Tua Tagovailoa at some point in the season, and he even hyped him up when he took the gridiron last Sunday.
Then again, it's still surprising to see that the Dolphins, who are currently sitting on a 3-3 record and have a shot at their division, are ready to turn to Tua so early in the season with Fitzpatrick playing quite well.
Thus far, the veteran signal-caller had completed 98 of 142 passes for 994 yards with 4 touchdowns and 5 picks. Now, he'll watch from the sidelines as the promising dual-threat rookie takes the helm for the Dolphins. Ready or not, it's Tua Time!
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