Tua Tagovailoa admits he did think about retiring from NFL
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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa admits he did think about retiring from the NFL after his second concussion. Tagovailoa, 25, suffered a scary concussion in mid-October against the Cincinnati Bengals. In late December, the Dolphins played against the Green Bay Packers and Tagovailoa didn't look good on the field in the second half.
Two days after the game, the Dolphins stunningly announced Tagovailoa was placed in the concussion protocol. Tagovailoa missed the remainder of the 2022 season.
Tagovailoa thought about retiring
"Yeah I think I considered it for a time.
Having sat down with my family, having sat down with my wife and having those conversations, but really it would be hard for me to walk away from this game with how old I am, with my son. I always dreamed of playing as long as I could to where my son knew exactly what he was watching his dad do.
I mean it's my health, it's my body, I feel like this is what's best for me and my family," Tagovailoa said, per CBS Sports. Tagovailoa, the fifth overall pick of the 2020 NFL draft, is entering just his fourth season in the NFL.
Tagovailoa is living his dream of being an NFL player and that's why simply walking away from the game is not an option for the Dolphins quarterback. "I love the game of football and if I didn't I would've quit a long time ago," Tagovailoa said with a laugh.
As it stands now, Tagovailoa will be the Dolphins' starting quarterback in 2023. Last season, Tagovailoa led the Dolphins to a fast start but then he suffered multiple concussions and that impacted the rest of Miami's season.
After the 2022 season, there were many doubts regarding Tagovailoa's long-term health. In 2023, Tagovailoa will try to prove that he can stay healthy and avoid further concussions. It remains to be seen how healthy and good Tagovailoa will look in 2023.