Tua Tagovailoa decided to enter the 2020 NFL Draft. Congratulations are in order for arguably the greatest Alabama football quarterback in history.
Whatever decision now former Alabama football quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa made it was going to be the correct one. Which is not to say staying at Alabama or leaving for the NFL carried any guarantees.
As Tua explained during his Monday press event in Tuscaloosa, he is still months away from definitive feedback on his longterm recovery. What he thoughtfully explained was his decision required faith. He was not speaking about faith in himself, but rather the faith exercised by him and his family.
These kind of things pretty much boil down to one thing, and I think that’s faith. And coming from a family that has a lot of it, I’m definitely willing to take that challenge.
No Alabama football fan has a view into the future to predict exactly what Tua should have done. As Nick Saban said in his introduction, none of us outside the Crimson Tide team and football staff can fully understand what Tua has meant to the Tide program. Fans see the magic Tua worked on the field. Perhaps his greater gift was the joy, optimism and leadership that lifted up teammates and coaches.
Tua has probably had as much of an impact on our program here as any player that we have ever had. He’s had great accomplishments on the field, but you probably don’t really fully understand the significance of the contributions he’s made off the field with his teammates and the people that are around him every day.
Tua Tagovailoa will be missed, but more he will be loved by Alabama football fans. Crimson Tide fans who currently give the NFL little attention will track Tua’s continued recovery and development as an NFL player. Tide fans of current NFL teams may decide to switch their allegiance to Tua’s next football team. The young man is so special it is hard to imagine anyone not wishing the best for him.
Alabama football will be fine without Tua. The offense may have a bit less magic but it can still be explosive. Some of the credit for that should go to Tua. He changed the national perception of Alabama football. It is hard to imagine a Bryce Young choosing to play for the Crimson Tide without Tua preceding him.
Tua finished his Monday comments with a God bless and Roll Tide. We say God bless and Godspeed to a Crimson Tide legend.