Tua Tagovailoa started against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night – his first game since being carted off the field after suffering a scary concussion on Sept. 29. While Tagovailoa looked like his old self against the Steelers, his mindset heading into the game was different and his parents played a role in that.
Tagovailoa sat down with NBC’s Maria Taylor and admitted that the whole situation was hard on his parents, especially his return back to the field.
“It was a little tough for my parents,” Tagovailoa told Taylor. “That was their biggest concern prior to the injury and then things in the hospital and then after that and then going through the interview process, going to see second opinion doctors. But for me, I love football. I just love it. I love the feeling that it brings. I love that football can help change peoples’ lives.
“I just missed it. I just missed it, missed playing.”
Tagovailoa went 21-for-35 through the air for 261 yards and one touchdown in Miami’s 16-10 win over Pittsburgh.
Tagovailoa Did Take Some Hits Against The Steelers
He told Taylor he’d try not to be a superhero anymore, but that’s easier said than done.
Tagovailoa had four rushes for 15 yards on Sunday, with a couple of those attempts ending with him lowering his shoulder as opposed to sliding.
“Thinking of the longevity of me playing, get the ball out. If I’m getting sacked, just fall down, don’t try to be a superhero,” Tagovailoa said. “That’s something that has been wired in me, to always try to make something happen, but sometimes the smartest play or the best play is to throw the ball away and just punt the ball.”
Not being a superhero when your brain has been wired for you to be a superhero your entire football career is easier said than done.
Tagovailoa escaped Sunday’s win without an injury, and hopefully, that remains the case for weeks to come.