University of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s dislocated right hip will keep him sidelined for the rest of his junior year, but afterward he acknowledged that God has something planned for him.
The 21-year-old Samoan-American was carted off the field and airlifted to a medical facility in Birmingham after he suffered a season-ending injury in the second quarter of last Saturday 31-24 victory at Mississippi State.
It was an injury that some speculated could put his future as a potential first overall National Football League draft pick next April in serious jeopardy. Additionally, Tagovailoa suffered a concussion and broken nose.
Although the site of the star quarterback being carted off the field was a somber moment for football fans, Tagovailoa wasted no time in ensuring his supporters that things will be OK.
“Thank you all for the prayers and well wishes!” he tweeted Saturday night. “God always has a plan.”
Tim Tebow, a Christian athlete who starred as the quarterback for the University of Florida from 2006 to 2009 and now plays baseball in the New York Mets farm system, said on ESPN Friday that he reached out to Tagovailoa after his injury.
“It is a freak injury and a freak thing. I feel bad for the kid,” Tebow said on “First Take.” “Right after it happened, I was texting him and letting him know I was praying for him.”
“He was texting me back words of encouragement,” Tebow added. “He is a special young man to be able to have the mindset and that perspective. I know so many people are rooting for him and praying for him and encouraging him. I know he appreciates it, but he is someone that if anyone can handle this, he can and he is a special young man.”
Tagovailoa had successful surgery on his right hip on Wednesday.
“Tua’s prognosis is excellent, and we expect him to make a full recovery,” Alabama orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lyle Cain said in a statement.
Click here to read more.
SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith