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Tua Tagovailoa Reveals What School He Didn't Like Growing Up

Tua Tagovailoa of the Alabama Crimson Tide stands on the field after beating the Georgia Bulldogs in overtime to win the CFP National Championship.

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide stands on the field after beating the Georgia Bulldogs in overtime to win the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Alabama Crimson Tide won 26-23. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Most Alabama players and fans have obvious choices for the team they disliked the most growing up: Auburn, Georgia, Florida, LSU, or maybe another. But for Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, the team he disliked when he was younger is the one he's leading into the College Football Playoff.

In an interview on Wednesday, Tagovailoa revealed that he disliked Alabama when he was younger for a variety of reasons.

Tagovailoa explained that he was rooting for Notre Dame over Alabama in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game because the Fighting Irish had Manti Te'o (a fellow Hawaiian) and that Alabama was constantly winning.

But he showed no signs of any lingering distaste for the team he led to a national title last season.

"I didn't like Alabama, ... because they were winning, nobody could stop them. But, I don't know, we're here now, so God bless & Roll Tide," Tua said.

Tagovailoa played sparingly in the 2017 season as a backup to quarterback Jalen Hurts.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban subbed him into the National Championship Game against Georgia at halftime, and he promptly led the team to a comeback win in overtime.

In 2018, Tagovailoa finished as the Heisman Trophy runner-up behind Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, who he plays in the Orange Bowl in this weekend's College Football Playoff semi-final.