Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered brutal head and neck injuries during an on-field clash and was then taken to the hospital.
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Tagovailoa was born in ʻEwa Beach, Hawaii to Galu and Diane Tagovailoa, as the oldest of four children in a Samoan family.
He was said to have grown up with an intense interest in football, with his parents noting that he would sleep with a football under his arm every night as a small child.
During Pop Warner games when he was eight years old, when his peers could typically throw a football little more than 10 yards, he routinely threw passes of more than 30 yards.
As a child his main inspiration was his grandfather Seu Tagovailoa. He was highly respected in the local Samoan community and was regularly addressed as “Chief Tagovailoa”.
Tua tagovailoa injury update
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa sustained neck and head injuries after being slammed to the ground Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals and was stretchered from the field.
The Dolphins said Tagovailoa was conscious, had movement in all his extremities and was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for further evaluation.
The Dolphins said after their 27-15 loss to the Bengals that Tagovailoa was expected to be released from the hospital and fly home with the team.
Tagovailoa was chased down and sacked by 6-foot-3, 340-pound Josh Tupou with about six minutes left in the first half.
He was spun around and thrown to the turf. While on the ground, his hands froze in front of his face.
He remained down for more than seven minutes before being loaded on a backboard, stabilized and strapped to a stretcher after his facemask was removed.
Miami coach Mike McDaniel said Tagovailoa called for him when he went down.
“I could tell it wasn’t the same guy that I was used to seeing,” McDaniel said. “It was a scary moment. He was evaluated for a concussion. He’s in the concussion protocol, but he’s being discharged.
Tagovailoa was chased down and sacked by Josh Tupou with about six minutes left in the first half. He remained down for more than seven minutes before being loaded on a backboard, stabilized and removed via stretcher.
The 24-year-old Tagovailoa was suffering from a sore back and was listed as questionable for most of the week ahead of the game.
He was replaced in the game by Teddy Bridgewater.
As explained by Michael Smith on the Amazon postgame show, NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith texted to Andrew Whitworth (a former NFLPA player rep) and Richard Sherman (a member of the NFLPA executive committee) the following message: “We insisted on these rules to avoid exactly this scenario.
We will pursue every legal option, including making referrals against the doctors to licensing agencies and the team that is obligated to keep our players safe.”
Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel said after the game that Tagovailoa had actually injured his back, though Tagovailoa said he completed the six-step concussion assessment process during halftime. The NFL’s concussion protocol requires players to be evaluated on the sidelines if they exhibit any symptoms.
Tua Tagovailoa signed a 4 year, $30,275,438 contract with the Miami Dolphins, including a $19,578,500 signing bonus, $30,275,438 guaranteed.
|4 yr(s) / $30,275,438
|Guaranteed at Signing
|2025 / UFA
The Dolphins signed Tagovailoa to a four-year deal worth $30.2 million and included a $19.6 million signing bonus. The rookie decided to purchase a home for himself in Miami. The 22-year-old purchased a 5,200-square foot home in south Florida near the team’s practice facility.
His house reportedly includes six bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms with a pool. It was reported that Tagovailoa spent $1.6 million on the house.
Not bad for the rookie for his first home. What’s even better is that he decided to spend around $30,000 on gym equipment that he set up in his garage. So if he ever wanted to get a workout, he could just get it in right in his garage.