Tua Tagovailoa is a quarterback in the NFL and currently plays for the Miami Dolphins. He was runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 2018 and was awarded the Walter Camp Award while playing college ball for Alabama. Get all of the latest Tua Tagovailoa stats and news here!
Tua was expected to be the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft but suffered a season-ending injury in 2019 where he was sacked and his hip dislocated, fracturing the posterior wall. He was flown to a Birmingham hospital and underwent surgery. Despite concerns over his significant injury, Tua was drafted as the fifth-overall pick by the Miami Dolphins. He was the first left-handed quarterback to be drafted by an NFL team since Tim Tebow in 2010. Tua Tagovailoa’s contract was a four-year, $30 million rookie contract. Tua started his rookie season as a backup for Ryan Fitzpatrick but was moved to the starter in Week 8. In 2021 he threw for 2,653 passing yards and16 passing touchdowns in 13 total games.
In 2022, Tua was in the news extensively for his team’s potential violation of concussion protocol. In week 3, he briefly left the game for what the Dolphins called a ‘back injury’, but eventually returned. The NFLPA suspected that he might have had a concussion due to stumbling after the play and launched an investigation. He was cleared to play in week 4, and was sacked hard, resulting in Tua hitting the ground with his left elbow, back, and the back of his helmet. He demonstrated a fencing response where his arms and hands seemed frozen in front of his face. He was stretchered off the field and sent to the hospital. The neurotrauma consultant who was involved in clearing him to play was fired two days later.