Tua Tagovailoa bringing star power to Miami
It remains unclear whether or not Tua Tagovailoa will make his debut with the Miami Dolphins in 2020. But that isn’t preventing people from having high expectations for him. Regardless of if he plays this year, Tagovailoa is bringing star power to Miami.
Joe Rose, the color commentator for the Dolphins, spoke to ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe about the hype surrounding Tagovailoa:
“Tua is far by himself — never seen anything like this buzz from a draft pick here. There’s no close second,” said Dolphins color commentator and radio host Joe Rose, who played for the franchise alongside Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino from 1983 to 1985. “We have a rock star here in Tua. This team has been in mediocrity for so long. It’s lacked the Dan Marino star power, the Ricky Williams star power. Tua’s the next guy in that group.”
Being mentioned in the same sentence as Dan Marino is quite the feat for Tagovailoa. However, it shouldn’t be taken lightly, as the rookie quarterback begins his journey in the NFL with the Dolphins.
Just as many expected, Miami decided to draft Tagovailoa with the No. 5 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Once he was selected, Dolphins fans around the globe began to feel a sense of optimism for the future.
It has been years since the Dolphins had a player — let alone a quarterback — that has the support of the entire fanbase. In less than two months, Tua Tagovailoa has had the highest-selling jersey in the NFL.
Given his ongoing recovery from hip surgery, the Dolphins could play it by ear before allowing Tagovailoa to make his first career start. It’s safe to say fans in Miami are on board Tagovailoa’s hype train heading into his rookie campaign.