Tuanigamanuolepola “Tua” Tagovailoa (/ˌtʌŋoʊvaɪˈloʊə/ TUNG-oh-vy-LOA; born March 2, 1998) is a football quarterback for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He is of Samoan descent and was born and raised in Hawaii, where he attended Saint Louis School in Honolulu. He then attended the University of Alabama to play college football, where he helped to lead the Crimson Tide to back-to-back National Championship Game appearances during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, winning the former and being named its MVP.
Tagovailoa won several other awards and honors for the 2018 season, including the Maxwell and Walter Camp Awards, as well as being named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. In 2019, he suffered a dislocated hip injury during a game that prematurely ended his season. Despite the severity of it, he was drafted by the Dolphins with the fifth pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. He is notably a left-handed quarterback despite being right-handed, which was taught to him as a child by his father.
The Miami Dolphins are a professional American football team based in the Miami metropolitan area. The Dolphins compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member of the league’s American Football Conference (AFC) East division. The club plays its home games at Hard Rock Stadium, located in the northern suburb of Miami Gardens, Florida. The Dolphins are the oldest professional sports team in Florida. Of the four AFC East teams, Miami is the only team in the division that was not a charter member of the American Football League (AFL).