Tank for Tua? Alabama QB weighs in on NFL fans wanting their team to lose
Some fans of the Miami Dolphins are OK with their favorite team losing this season. And there’s one reason for that — #TankforTua.
If the Dolphins’ record is poor enough that they receive the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL draft, there is a strong chance they’ll use that selection on Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Miami currently has veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen at quarterback, and Tagovailoa would immediately be an upgrade and potentially be its franchise cornerstone.
How does Tagovailoa feel about NFL fans wanting their team to lose so that they can add him next offseason? He addressed it while speaking with reporters on Monday.
“Yeah, I mean, it’s flattering, but we have a season to worry about now,” Tagovailoa told the media. “If everyone’s saying ‘Tank for Tua’ now, and then we end up losing the rest of the season, all our games, they won’t be there saying it again. We’ve just got to worry about what’s in front of us right now and worry about the games that we have to deal with now.”
— Alex Byington (@_AlexByington) October 14, 2019
Right now, losing hasn’t been a worry for Tagovailoa and the Crimson Tide. Alabama is 6-0 and ranked No. 1 in the country, and it’s won all of its games by at least 19 points.
Tagovailoa has emerged as the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy, passing for 2,011 yards, 27 touchdowns and one interception while adding two rushing scores. There will certainly be several NFL teams interested in potentially adding the Alabama quarterback when he enters the draft, not only the Dolphins.
For now, Tagovailoa will continue to focus on trying to lead the Crimson Tide to the national championship. They’ll host Tennessee on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.