Munich / Tuscaloosa – At the latest in the Orange Bowl 2018, the last football fan understood what a gem this Hawaiian named Tua Tagovailoa is.
In the semifinals of the college championship, the Alabama Crimson Tide with Tagovailoa was on the one hand, and the Oklahoma Sooners with quarterback Kyler Murray – the newly selected Heisman Trophy winner (award for the best college player of the year) on the other.
But it wasn’t Murray who dominated the game with his strong 308 passing yards. Instead, Tagovailoa mutated into a formative figure, selling 24 of his 27 passes, finishing 319 passing yards and four touchdown passes.
Tagovailoa led his team to victory and was named MVP. Many spectators were left with the feeling of having seen the upcoming two first overall picks from the NFL. As expected, Kyler Murray was selected at # 1 by the Arizona Cardinals in April.
And Tagovailoa? This is considered the likely successor in 2020.
Drew Brees praises: I couldn’t be more impressed
Even Drew Brees, the quarterback icon from the New Orleans Saints, raves about the young passers-by. “He’s got some really good throws on the field, he’s got some really good reads too – I couldn’t be more impressed,” he told ESPN about Tagovailoa.
The 21-year-old played his first season as a starting quarterback, but triumphed like a veteran. His quarterback rating: 199.5. An impressive 43 touchdown passes were matched by just six interceptions. 69 percent of his passports came to his destination. Its reliability with long balls is particularly impressive. He has a good overview and always finds gaps in the opposing defense.
A small deficit could be his height: Tagovailoa measures just 1.85 meters. There are still many general managers in the NFL who value a tall quarterback so he can look over the O-Line and D-Line. On the other hand, Kyler Murray is still considerably smaller at 1.79 meters.
Parenting methods like Joe Jackson
Tagovailoa was practically “bred” to the football star – the hard way. He was two years old when his father started training him. He forced him to throw with his left hand, although instinctively he wanted to do it with his right hand. Today Tagovailoa writes and eats with the right, but throws with the left.
Poor performance was punished. Tua said of the punishments at “ESPN”: “The belt was involved and other things too. It was almost the same with school. If I didn’t get a good grade, I had to bear the consequences.”
The hard training had an effect: at eight, he already threw the ball 30 yards. Children of this age are usually happy when the ball comes close to ten yards.
The oldest of four siblings attended St. Louis High School, the same school as NFL quarterback Marcus Mariota, also from Hawaii, and caused a stir with his “cannon arm”.
His father Galu Tagovailoa still thinks his upbringing methods are appropriate. He openly reports the inhuman perfection with which he drove his son to peak performance: “He could mount 15 out of 15 passes and throw four touchdown passes. But if there was a pick, it was a bad game.” The consequence: the belt.
Long-time NFL professional and current TV expert Desmond Howard joked in the conversation that the upbringing methods are reminiscent of those of Joe Jackson, who physically and emotionally abused Michael Jackson and his siblings to make them music stars – was completely wrong with this comparison he probably doesn’t.
The father determines, the little brother lurks
It was not Tua himself who determined his athletic and academic career, but his father. “My father is the decision maker in the family. Whether I wanted to go to another school or not, my father had the final say on where I was going,” he says.
The move from Hawaii to Alabama took place in 2017. Of course, he did not move to the southeastern state of the USA alone, but together with his parents. “The main reason for the move is to be with our son Tua. We are a family and want to stay that way,” said the father at the time.
Incomprehensible to outsiders given the hardness of the father: the quarterback jewel has a close relationship with its parents. After success in the field, there are intimate hugs between father and son. He also likes to show up with his parents on his social media channels.
His younger brother Taulia also moved to the mainland. He is also a talented quarterback, played for Thompson High School in Alabama, had several scholarships, and ultimately chose the same university as Tua.
In Alabama, he will be able to act as a backup behind his brother next season and possibly take on the role of starting quarterback in 2020. Then Tua Tagovailoa will have left college and caused a sensation in the NFL.
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