Things are steadily returning to normal for the former Alabama quarterback and have projected the top 10 of the best choices Tua Tagovailoa, who has gone through four months of rehabilitation to repair a broken hip and recently returned to the field to race through the tutorials and throw a ball again.
“I’d say I’m 100% right now,” said Tagovailoa during an interview on SportsCenter. “I’m just ready to go.”
Without giving a specific timeline for recovery, Tagovailoa didn’t rule out the idea of playing like a rookie – something that goes against the popular idea that he would have spent his time catching up with a veteran quarterback his first year in the league.
“I feel like I have to go out there and perform in the same way I did my second year and junior year, being 100% healthy, I feel like I can go out there and do it,” he said.
Tagovailoa recently posted several clips of him as he exercised on his social media page, taking a first look at the quarterback who was a finalist of the Heisman Trophy as a second-year student and launched 33 touchdowns and only three interceptions as a junior before suffering a late season injury on November 16 against the state of Mississippi. He said his body responded well to those workouts and the pain he felt afterwards was “little to no one”.
“It was really cool,” he said of going back to the practice field. “I was really excited to be able to just go throw the ball, turn it. It was a long process – four months of waiting, going through all the physicists, going through rehab. And just being able to get out and throw the ball throw it, it went well. “
Due to restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, Tagovailoa was unable to meet potential NFL teams face to face. But virtual dating, he said, was a “daily thing”.
“There weren’t many questions about how I am going to do rehab or how I am doing with my health,” he said. “It’s more like a football talk. And I really enjoyed it. It was nice.”
Tagovailoa declined to say which teams he met with. Interest is good, he said, “but you never know where the cards can come out.”
There has been speculation that the teams could exchange the project to take it. Tagovailoa’s message to those teams was: “If I’m your boyfriend, I’m your boyfriend.”
In his latest mock draft, ESPN’s Todd McShay projected Tagovailoa who was taken with the fifth choice by the Miami Dolphins, making him the second quarterback off the board behind the former LSU Tiger and projected the best overall choice Joe Burrow.
Tagovailoa said that he and Alabama coach Nick Saban spoke frequently during the recovery process, and that Saban gave him advice as he navigates professional life.
“At first … you think of it as’ Dang, I’m going to the principal’s office,” said Tagovailoa of his conversations with his former coach. “But now, only the relationship we have created over time is easy. Be yourself in those meetings, talk to him, give your contribution and he will give you the same. It was really nice. He is an exceptional person that I have to rely. “