Obviously hindsight is 20/20 and everything like that, but let's not act like nobody knew there was zero reason for Tua Tagovailoa to play in that game on Saturday. No offense to Brandon Fucking Walker but there are 6 other QB's on Alabama's roster that they could have thrown out there and still shit pumped Mississippi St. But unfortunately he went out there, threw for 256 yards and 2 TDs on 18 attempts, and then his playing career at the University of Alabama ended.
Now think about how easy it would be for Tua to be feeling down and sorry for himself. Let's just go back to Tennessee week. He's leading #1 Alabama through an undefeated season so far, he's right at the top of every Heisman conversation, pretty much everybody assumed he'd be the 1st overall pick in the draft, and then he ends up suffering another high-ankle sprain but this time on the other ankle. 2 years in a row where he has to get voodoo witch doctor surgery to repair his ankle. Then he comes back after only missing one game and Joe Burrows goes into Bryant-Denny and puts up 46 points as LSU takes down the Tide. Then the very next week, he plays his final game for Alabama and needs to get carted off the field after dislocating his hip. A high-ankle sprain, surgery, loss to LSU, season-ending injury. That has been the past month for Tua Tagovailoa.
Again, it would be super easy for Tua to start feeling sorry for himself. It would be very easy for him to be all "woe is me". But instead, he doesn't have a worry in the world. He just starts strumming the uke, puts on a beautiful pre-surgery concert, and just keeps those positive vibes flowing like the ocean. And that right there, boys and girls, is why he's still going to tear shit up in the NFL once he gets back to 100%. I mean that along with his unbelievable talents, obviously. But that mindset right there to just keep on going even when you have one of the most frustrating months that an athlete could ever have? That's an attitude that is destined for long term success. That's someone who you'd want to go to war with because you know that there's never going to be a single moment during that war when he's going to run away.
Sidenote: Please just keep all of the receivers healthy because I need the Eagles to find a way to go and draft all of them in April.