Tua Tagovailoa hasn’t even started a full season for Alabama, but one pundit is already convinced he’s the best quarterback in Crimson Tide history.
During Thursday’s edition of “Undisputed,” Fox Sports’ Shannon Sharpe adamantly crowned Tagovailoa as the greatest signal-caller in the program’s history. You can hear Sharpe’s reasoning in the video below, in which he claims Alabama’s sophomore quarterback has already surpassed Crimson Tide legends like Bart Starr and Joe Namath.
"If Tua is healthy, nobody is beating Alabama. … Tua is going to go down as the best QB to ever come [out of Alabama], and they had Bart Starr, Joe Namath — none of them are going to be able to touch Tua. He's going to win the Heisman." — @ShannonSharpe pic.twitter.com/fSal12vydn
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) November 8, 2018
“What quarterback do you know in the history of the game (that) could come off the bench at halftime, and Coach Saban would say, ‘Go get me that championship?'” Sharpe said.
Tagovailoa, of course, did just that in last year’s national championship game. That performance and a strong showing in fall camp allowed him to beat Jalen Hurts for the starting job and launch a Heisman Trophy campaign.
But it’s difficult to compare those quarterbacks across different eras, and co-host Skip Bayless was hesitant to agree with Sharpe while pointing out Namath was more of a running quarterback. Either way, Sharpe is convinced Tagovailoa has cemented himself as his program’s greatest quarterback.