Hawaiian native Tua Tagovailoa was a superstar during last year’s NCAA season. He starred for the Alabama Crimson Tide Football team. However, his season was cut short after he suffered a hip injury and a concussion in the win over Mississippi State.
He underwent surgery two days later but announced that he would forego his senior year and declare for the 2020 NFL draft. Tua was drafted by Miami Dolphins as the fifth overall pick this year. The young rookie worked hard in the offseason and is now fit to start for the Miami-based franchise in their upcoming league games.
Here’s what the 22-year-old youngster did with his newfound financial freedom after joining the NFL.
Tua Tagovailoa was interviewed by GQ earlier this week. He was asked about his new rookie contract. The former Alabama starter spoke about the details of his new deal. However, he revealed that he is not going to spend any money from his first NFL contract.
Instead, the Hawaiian shot-caller will be utilizing money from his endorsement deals to fund his monthly expenditure. “I’m gonna be living off of my marketing money, so the endorsement money that I get, and then everything else is just put to the side.
“So the money that I’m making from my contract, that’s put to the side, so none of that’s gonna be seen…I would say I’m happy with what I spent it on,” Tagovailoa said.
Tua spent the first portion of money from his marketing deals on an $80,000 Escalade for his mom. He also purchased a Ford Flex and a BMW for himself. Finally, he spent $10,000 on a signature Rolex watch for his father.
The major chunk of money from his endorsement deal was used to purchase a $1.65 million house near the Miami Dolphins training facility.
The Dolphins are currently on a 1-2 record in the 2020 NFL season. After back-to-back defeats in the first two weeks, the Dolphins bounced back with a comprehensive 13-31 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday.
The 37-year-old veteran quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick, led his team to a win with a strong display. He threw for 150+ yards and completed two passing TDs. It does look like rookie Tua Tagovailoa will have to wait a while longer before making his NFL debut.
Coach Brian Flores does not want to rush his young quarterback, especially due to his recent long-term injury struggle. However, we do expect that Tua will be given some minutes in the league this year, probably towards the end of the regular season.