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Tua Tagovailoa Explains Why He Rooted For The Cowboys

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with his head coach, Nick Saban.

TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA - SEPTEMBER 07: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide converses with Tua Tagovailoa #13 against the New Mexico State Aggies at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 07, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Family means a lot to Tua Tagovailoa. That goes for his NFL rooting interest as well, to this point at least.

Last week, Tua revealed his favorite team in the league. The Alabama quarterback grew up a Dallas Cowboys fan. He admitted that if he was able to choose any team to pick him, he'd probably go with Dallas. Of course, the Cowboys are dedicated to figuring things out longterm with Dak Prescott, and they don't pick until No. 17 in the first round.

“If you’re saying to me, I could choose what team I want to play on as far as my favorite team growing up, I’d probably tell you the [Dallas] Cowboys. But, I mean, they’re so far down [in the draft order]," Tagovailoa said, when asked in an interview with NFL Network.

Today, he expounded on how he became a Dallas fan. "That's been my family team, it's all I know growing up," he said from the NFL Combine in Indianapolis today. "My dad's, dad's, dad's dad's dad was a Cowboys fan and it just trickled down the line." It's not an unusual thing, especially for those who grew up without a local team, like Tua Tagovailoa and his family did in Hawaii.

The Cowboys had multiple dynastic eras, winning two Super Bowls in the 1970s and three in the 1990s. As the NFL has grown, Dallas became "America's Team," and may have the biggest, most broad fan base in the NFL. It isn't a surprise that the phenomenon would reach Hawaii, and get passed down from generation to generation in a big football family like Tua's. Of course, they will probably have to find a new favorite team soon. Even with his hip injury, Tua is expected to go toward the top of the NFL Draft, potentially in the top five. The Miami Dolphins have been most often connected to the Crimson Tide star. [

I asked Tua why he liked the Cowboys as a kid. He spoke for a lot of people 😂

— David Helman (@HelmanDC) February 25, 2020

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