Alabama star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa announced in a much-anticipated press conference on Monday that he will be declaring for the NFL Draft as he skips his senior year at the University of Alabama.
“With lots of prayers, thoughts, and guidance, I have decided that I will enter the 2020 NFL Draft,” Tagovailoa stated Monday.
Tagovailoa, recovering from a dislocated hip injury and subsequent surgery, has been rehabbing with the team since his November injury and the speculation whether or not he would return has been swirling since. Despite the injury, Tagovalia is expected to be a top-10 pick.
Tagovailoa, who has always been open about the impact of his faith in his life, said that his faith was the biggest factor in making this decision. He and has family had many family meetings and met with family pastors, and taking a big leap of faith was in the calling for Tagovailoa.
Prior to Tagovailoa addressing the media, head coach Nick Saban had a few words to say about the young quarterback and the impact he has had on the Alabama team since he came off of the bench as a true freshman and led the team to win the College Football National Championship against Georgia in 2017.
“Tua has probably had as much of an impact on our football program as anyone we’ve ever had,” said Saban during the press conference.
The mobile quarterback fielded many questions about his impression of what the future has in store for him in the NFL and he seems confident that he will fully recover from his injury and be ready to play football next year. Again, he has his faith to stand on and a team of doctors that have given him hope, as well.
🐘 87 pass TD
🐘 96 TD responsible for
🐘 93.4 QBR
🐘 National champion
Tua had an incredible career with @AlabamaFTBL 🔥 pic.twitter.com/FHXl83AaTu
— ESPN (@espn) January 6, 2020
University of Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa on his little brother Taulia and his favorite Tim McGraw song #RollTide
When you get where you're goin'
Don't forget turn back around
Help the next one in line
Always stay humble and kind pic.twitter.com/z3PtLdSUiQ
— #WVTM13 (@WVTM13) January 6, 2020