Dwyane Wade offers advice to Tua Tagovailoa about becoming a star in Miami
It has been a long time since the Miami Dolphins have been an NFL powerhouse. But, after taking Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, there is excitement building.
Can Tua take Miami by storm and lead the team back to the most recent glory days, which were led by legendary QB Dan Marino?
In a story by ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe, former Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade, who helped bring 3 titles to the city, said he was excited that the Dolphins got Tua and offered him some advice on the pressure he’ll face:
“He’s a hell of a player. Miami, especially at the QB position, really needs that. They need a leader. They need a player,” Wade said. “To come in as a young player and win a game in the second half of a national championship game — that shows some grit, that shows some balls. People have to really believe in you. Miami needs that. The Dolphins need that. Even though I’m a [Chicago] Bears fan, I was rooting for them to get him because Miami needs to get back to where the basketball program is.”
Wade’s advice to Tagovailoa centers on how to handle fame; the future Hall of Fame guard says he would often deal with anxiety when he left the house. He felt the need to always be on as D-Wade even when he wanted to just be Dwyane. Wade said even though he wasn’t expected to “save the franchise,” once he became a fan favorite, he had to “figure out how to enjoy what you worked hard for, but keep a level of sanity at the same time.”
How much will Tua play this fall? He’s still recovering from a hip injury, and while that rehab seems to be going well, the Dolphins also have veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick on the roster.
We’ll find out what sort of role he carves out for himself when games begin.