Tua Tagovailoa, the celebrated Alabama quarterback whose season ended with an injury in November, said on Monday he would join NF. design and skip a college final campaign.
Tagovailoa, who entered the 2019 season as a top contender for the Heisman Trophy, said at a news conference in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, that he had made his decision after "many prayers, thoughts and guidance."
Tagovailoa made his announcement less than two months after playing against the state of Mississippi and dislocated his right hip, which led to surgery two days later. Although a team doctor at the time said Tagovailoa's prognosis was "excellent," his season ended and his prospects of being one of the top teams in the NF.L. the draft was not clear.
Inside an interview in early December In The Tuscaloosa News, he said he was "unsure" of what he would do and signaled that financial considerations – and the big money gap between a player chosen at the start of the first round and somewhere in the second round – were crucial.
"There is a risk and a reward if I stay and a risk and a reward if I go," Tagovailoa said at the time. "The risk of getting obviously is:" Does it hurt me again? "The reward is that I could go back and have another good year as my sophomore year and lift myself back to the top of the draft."
But on Monday, he said no factor was ultimately essential.
"It's a decision I'll have to live with," said Tagovailoa. "I did and I'm good with it."
Tagovailoa, who approached the pulpit in Tuscaloosa without the help of the crutches he used last week, will be under pressure in the coming months to show NF.L. teams as he recovered. Even before the injury that ended this season, Tagovailoa's medical record was thick: in October, he suffered an ankle sprain and underwent surgery on his right ankle. He had the same procedure on his other ankle in 2018.
Tagovailoa's career in Alabama, including a freshman season when he entered the national championship game at halftime and planned an exciting and unlikely comeback for Crimson Tide, was illustrious. In his three seasons, Tagovailoa has made 87 touchdowns and 7,442 yards and completed over 69% of his passes. In the 2018 season, his most recent full campaign, Tagovailoa was the most efficient passer in the country and led the Southeast Conference in touchdowns and yards.
And as if his performance in the 2017 season title game wasn't enough for a place in Alabama folklore, he was recently elected permanent team captain, and his impression and footprint will be added to Denny Chimes' base tower. bell that is 30 meters over the heart of the campus in Tuscaloosa.
Tagovailoa's announcement undoubtedly ended Alabama's biggest off-season suspense after an 11-2 campaign that would be exceptional for almost every other university, but it still left fans – and the program's players and coaches – frustrated. Alabama's only losses were to the state of Louisiana, which will play a national championship next Monday night, and archrival Auburn.
It also set the outline for the elite quarterback class for this year's draft, which will begin on April 23rd. Joe Burrow, the Louisiana state interlocutor who won the Heisman Trophy, may be the best choice for all Cincinnati Bengals. Justin Herbert, whose four seasons in Oregon ended with a Rose Bowl win, is also seen as a potential first-round selection, and Jalen Hurts, who preceded Tagovailoa as Alabama starter before moving to Oklahoma, will be available.