The marriage between the Miami Dolphins and rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is off to a resounding start.
Tagovailoa, the fifth overall pick from Alabama, has impressed in his first two starts. The former Heisman Trophy finalist has avoided easy mistakes and, more importantly, led the Miami Dolphins to victories in both games.
As Tagovailoa continues establishing his NFL legacy, football fans naturally have questions about the Hawaiian lefty gunslinger. One such question: is Tagovailoa Black?
Tua Tagovailoa has the Miami Dolphins riding high
It is still early, but Tua Tagovailoa has been everything that the Miami Dolphins, and more.
Tagovailoa, still only 22, completed 65.4% of his passes in his first three games for 350 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. The dynamic rookie also ran for 35 yards on nine carries.
Tagovailoa made his NFL debut in a Week 6 rout of a dismal New York Jets team, then made his first start two weeks later. Miami’s defense spearheaded a 28-17 victory over the Los Angeles Rams, one where Tagovailoa only completed 12 of 22 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown.
Tagovailoa showed why he went so early in the draft in Week 9, completing 20 of 28 passes for 248 yards, two touchdowns, and no turnovers in a 34-31 road victory against Kyler Murray and the Cardinals.
Tagovailoa is the future in Miami
The Tua Tagovailoa Train should have Miami Dolphins fans extremely excited.
At 5-3, Miami is entering a soft side of its schedule. Miami has four straight games against teams with losing records, including a Week 13 trip to Joe Burrow and the Bengals.
If the Dolphins can enter the Week 14 showdown with Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs at 8-4, Miami will have an excellent chance at making the postseason for the first time since 2016.
The Dolphins’ Week 17 trip to Josh Allen and the Bills could very well decide the AFC East Division.
The good news gets even better for the Dolphins. Miami owns Houston’s first-round pick next spring, and the Texans are only 2-6 this season.
There is a realistic chance that Miami can make the postseason and still own a top-5 pick in the 2021 NFL draft. Considering that Miami is still in the midst of its rebuild, acquiring a player that early — LSU receiver Ja’Marr Chase, maybe? — would go a long way toward making the Dolphins an NFL powerhouse.
Is Tua Tagovailoa Black?
One only needs a single glance at Tua Tagovailoa to see that he is dark-skinned.
Tagovailoa is not Black, however. The rookie quarterback is of Samoan descent, and grew up in Hawaii.
Tagovailoa adheres to Samoan customs and traditions. He is also a devout Christian.
The 2020 NFL season opened with 10 starting quarterbacks who were Black. Injuries, and the benching of Dwayne Haskins in Washington, have lowered that number to seven entering Week 10.