Tua Tagovailoa explains why he returned from locker room in uniform after playing in first NFL game
Looking at the box score (2-of-2, 9 yards) Tua Tagovailoa’s NFL debut wasn’t particularly memorable. The former Alabama standout came in near the end of Miami’s 24-0 win over the New York Jets.
Tua Time, however, caused a stir on social media. Videos of the Dolphins crowd cheering and Tagovailoa completing his first pass racked up the likes and retweets on Twitter. Tagovailoa’s most “viral” moment, however, came after the game. ESPN reporter Cameron Wolfe snapped a photo of Tagovailoa back on the field, still in uniform, sitting down on the field in an empty stadium. The powerful photo currently has over 53,000 likes and nearing 12,000 retweets.
Tagovailoa later shared why he returned to an empty field at Hard Rock Stadium. According to Wolfe, Tagovailoa said it was to FaceTime his parents. Tagovailoa said he tried to find the exact spot where his first NFL drive ended and wanted to share a special moment with family.
Tagovailoa is sure to have many more special moments to share with his family in his young NFL career.
Tua Tagovailoa went back to the field and he’s sitting around the 15-yard-line in full uniform. It looks like he’s soaking this moment in.
On November 16, 2019, Tua suffered a potentially career-ending injury. On October 18, 2020, he threw his first NFL passes. pic.twitter.com/q5OHSNQe2c
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) October 18, 2020