Tua Tagovailoa explains his decision to leave Alabama early for the 2020 NFL Draft
Tua Tagovailoa has officially made his decision to declare early for the 2020 NFL Draft after three incredible seasons playing for Alabama.
The Crimson Tide quarterback announced the news on Monday during a press conference in Tuscaloosa.
Tagovailoa explained his decision with the following comments:
“Good morning. Thank you all for coming today. I’ve had a difficult time making this decision about my future, but first and foremost, I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for this opportunity to stand before you all with my decision. My love for the University of Alabama, our coaches, our fans and and my teammates, has made this especially hard for me. I’ve had the advice and counsel of my parents, my family, and coaches and going through a thorough analysis of the alternatives. And without further ado, with lots of prayers, thoughts, and guidance, I have decided that I will be declaring and entering the 2020 NFL Draft.
“My three years at the University of Alabama have been the epitome of a roller coaster. I’ve had a fair share of ups of many ups and a handful of downs, and I couldn’t be happier to know that with all the success and failures I’ve had here at the university, it has prepared me for life in general. I can’t express how grateful I am to have attended the greatest school in college. But the biggest thing I remember with my time here are the memories that I’ve made with all my friends, family and loved ones.
“I want to honor, and thank Coach Saban for allowing me the chance to play for him. I’m forever grateful that I not only got to build a great relationship with someone like him, but I also got to play for him. I’d like to thank Coach Sark and our entire coaching staff for helping me enhance my skills this year. And I’d like to thank Jeff Allen and his athletic training staff for the first-class treatment they’ve given and shown me and my family.
“I’d like to thank Josh Maxon and his crew for helping me build my brand here. And to all those behind the scenes that don’t get enough credit. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I’d like to extend my appreciation also to John Beaver and our academic advisors for the help and support they’ve given me, and to our AD Greg Byrne, thank you for the many talks we’ve had, and for the tremendous support you’ve given me. To my teammates, hhank you for the lifetime worth of memories and lessons. Thank you for the last, the love and all the hard work that came with helping me shape me to be who I am today. I’m going to miss you all from the starting lineup to scout team to Bama nation. I just like to thank you all for a tremendous three years of support that you’ve given me and my family, and thank you for taking our family and as your own.
“To my parents. Thank you for giving me everything. Thank you for everything and thank you guys for instilling everything you had in me and thank you for your continuous love, support and especially prayers. I’d like to thank my family and everyone who’s been involved in this process. Like I’ve heard my parents say many times, it takes a village to raise a child, so thank you all. As I wrap things up there will still be a tunnel by little here playing football, and it’s my little brother Talia, and I plan to stay close to the university, and always be a part of the Alabama family. So I’d like to leave you all with this, from one of my favorite Tim McGraw songs, when you get where you’re going, don’t forget turn back around and have the next one in line. Always stay humble and kind. Thank you all so so much. God bless and Roll Tide.”