The parents of injured Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa released a statement Tuesday, expressing their gratitude for the support for and care of their son.
Tagovailoa suffered a dislocated hip on Saturday in the Crimson Tide’s win over Mississippi State. He will miss the rest of the season but is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing successful surgery in Houston on Monday.
“We would like to thank all of the Alabama family and everyone across the world for the prayers and outpouring of love and support for our son and our family. We felt the unceasing prayer, and words can’t express how overwhelming and uplifting that has been for us,” Galu and Diane Tagovailoa said. “… The care and support Tua and our family has received is nothing short of amazing.”
The Tagovailoas continued by thanking coach Nick Saban, Crimson Tide players, the athletic department and the medical staff.
Love y’all 🙏❤️🤙💪 pic.twitter.com/ovBtxT5nZD
— The Tagovailoa's (@dtagovailoa) November 19, 2019
Early end to a record-breaking era?
The 21-year-old junior quarterback passed for 2,840 yards, 33 touchdowns and just three interceptions in nine games this season.
In three seasons at Alabama, the 2018 Heisman Trophy runner-up has thrown for 7,442 yards with 87 touchdown passes and only 11 interceptions in 684 attempts.
Tagovailoa had been expected to declare for the 2020 NFL Draft after this season and compete to be the top pick. It is unclear whether the injury will affect his decision to enter the draft.
Tua Tagovailoa out here breakin’ hearts from his hospital bed. 🎸🙏
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— theScore (@theScore) November 18, 2019
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