Tua Tagovailoa admits he might not be the same after hip injury
Season-ending injuries are a terrible reality for players who are highly-touted draft picks. And no one is a better example of that than Tua Tagovailoa after his dislocated and fractured hip injury he suffered weeks ago.
At a press conference this week, the Crimson Tide quarterback was candid about not only how much he will drop from where most expected him to be selected, but also that he won’t be the same player as before.
“I don’t think I’d be the same again because there’s, like metal in here, you know? I lose some rotation inward, so I won’t be able to twist as much inward and whatnot. I wouldn’t need that as much. When you’re running, you’re almost always opening up your hip. From the doctors say, they expect a full recovery and I’ll be able to go out there and play football again at 100 percent, it’s just I won’t be able to rotate it internally the same way.”
His lack of the same mechanics and productivity will cost him in either this upcoming draft or the 2021 NFL Draft. But he hopes to return to that same play that’s made him such a big name at Alabama. And he’s getting some advice from a legend from his college rival in Bo Jackson.
“He gave me some insight on not trying to rush the process in trying to get back. People say our situations are similar and they are two totally different situations with our hips.”
And anyone that’s looking to take a chance on Tua Tagovailoa is hoping that he won’t have his career derailed like Bo Jackson.