by Marek Brave (@MBrave13)
“High Chief” Peter Maivia.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Yes, Tua Tagovailoa. Tuanigamanuolepola Tagovailoa will be the next great champion of the infamous Samoan Dynasty.
Tua Tagovailoa will be the next great Miami Dolphins quarterback.
I know what you’re saying to yourself. Unless you’re saying, “Who the hell are those guys?” In that case, I would say to you, “Wait, you don’t know who The Rock is? He’s seriously like the most famous actor on the planet right now. Wake up.” More likely, you’re probably saying, “Tua plays football. He’s not a professional wrestler.” You’re correct, you astute genius, you! But that doesn’t mean he can’t follow in the footsteps of the great Samoan champions who came before him. That doesn’t mean he can’t crush the competition, or that he can’t Superman Punch the AFC East. That does not mean he can’t Bonzai Drop the entire American Football Conference, or lay the SMACKDOWN in a Super Bowl in the very near future, if you smell what I’m cookin’! Tua Tagovailoa will someday claim championship gold (or silver, or whatever the Lombardi Trophy is made out of). Why? Because it’s in his blood.
Family pride is everything in Samoan culture. Doing right by your heritage, taking care of the ones who have taken care of you, along with the ones who come after you, is of the utmost importance. Bringing honor to your family’s name is the greatest achievement in one’s life. From the time Tua was just a baby on his grandfather, Seu’s lap, he was destined for greatness. Seu predicted that the world would know the Tagovailoa name because of his grandson. He prophesied that Tua would lead the Tagovailoa’s to prestige and glory… and he was right.
On January 8th, 2018, down 13-0 at halftime of the College Football National Championship game, Tua, a freshman quarterback, was handed the reigns of the Alabama Crimson Tide offense. He carved up the Georgia defense with his legs and his “blessed-by-God,” golden dipped left arm. In overtime, he connected with future Miami Dolphins receiver, Devonta Smith, for a 41 yard, game winning TD score. The prophecy had been fulfilled. Or had it?
You see, when discussing the achievements, accomplishments and championships of the great Samoan professional wrestlers listed at the beginning of this article, we’re not including titles they may have won in the amateur ranks of wrestling. No, we’re not talking high school wrestling. We’re not bragging about collegiate wrestling, or even independent professional wrestling. We’re talking about championships they won at the highest level of their sport. We’re talking about the big leagues. We’re talking about gold they held while competing for the World Wrestling Federation, now known as World Wrestling Entertainment. If you want to be remembered as an ultimate winner, you must do it at the highest level against the most formidable competition. And while winning a National Title as quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide is an incredible achievement, you don’t exactly have to be an all-time great to put that feather in your cap. Unless you were born and raised in Tuscaloosa yourself, I highly doubt you’re overzealous in your praise for the likes of Greg McElroy, AJ McCarron and Jake Coker, all champions under former Miami Dolphins coach, Nick Satan…errr, Saban. So, as you can clearly see, Tua has some work to do.
Can Tua make his dreams, and more importantly, our dreams as long-suffering Fins fans, come true by winning a Super Bowl?
I believe that he can. I believe that he will. I believe that someday, Tua Tagovailoa, Brian Flores, Devonta Smith, Najee Harris (wishful thinking) and company will raise the Lombardi trophy over their heads as confetti rains down on the aqua and orange clad crew. I believe that all the tears we’ve cried over this seemingly cursed franchise will be redeemed by our savior with the number one adorned across his chest.
Give him a full off-season of practice. Give him some play-makers. Give him the time required to fully heal from a near catastrophic hip injury that has ended the careers of many players before him. Tua has already been seen on social media this off-season conditioning his body in the South Florida sun. The time and effort he’s willing to put in to be an all-time great is encouraging. The kid is not afraid of hard work.
Have patience, but more importantly, have faith in the Left Arm of God™ . Have faith and you will be rewarded handsomely. Because just like the great Samoans who have come before him; “High Chief” Peter Maivia, Afa, Sika, Yokozuna, Rikishi, Umaga, Rosey, The Usos, Roman Reigns, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Tuanigamanuolepola Tagovailoa is destined to someday become a champion to the highest degree.
Why? Because it’s in his blood.