Tua Tagovailoa is widely considered as one of the most talented quarterbacks to ever suit up for Alabama. No one really disputes that, but there are questions about how his legacy with the Crimson Tide should be remembered.
Over the course of his career at Alabama, Tagovailoa threw for 7,442 yards and 87 touchdowns. He’s also responsible for one of the best plays in program history, connecting with DeVonta Smith for a game-winning touchdown to defeat Georgia in the 2018 national title game.
Unfortunately for Tagovailoa, the last two years didn’t end the way he hoped. Alabama lost to Clemson in the 2019 national championship game and then Tua suffered a major injury the following season.
ESPN analyst Paul Finebaum believes that Tagovailoa’s legacy is incomplete because of the past two seasons.
On the flip side, Finebaum did mention that Tagovailoa is the best to ever play quarterback for the Crimson Tide. Nonetheless, he still doesn’t think the southpaw quarterback will be seen as royalty.
Here’s what Finebaum had to say during an interview with WNSP Sports Radio, via 247Sports:
“It will be incredibly great, however, I think it is somewhat incomplete,” Finebaum said during a recent radio interview with WNSP Sports Radio 105.5 FM. “And I hate to say that because of the great talent of Tua, but by getting hurt twice, having it affect the last two seasons, I think he will be deprived of absolute Namath-type royalty status.
Finebaum isn’t wrong that Tagovailoa’s final two years where derailed by injuries, but fans in Tuscaloosa do love him dearly.
Do you think Tagovailoa’s legacy at Alabama is incomplete?