It was quite an eventful night at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, during the college football national championship game between the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia. Although most of the attention has been hyper-focused on the Alabama athlete who yelled, “F*ck Trump,” attention is turning towards the Alabama quarterback after even more fans have been left shocked by who he was heard thanking after the winning game.
After video footage was released, in which Bo Scarbrough from the University of Alabama was heard screaming what sounded like, “F*ck Trump,” many across the nation erupted in fury at the disrespect. Of course, he’s since denied it, claiming he said “Georgia” and not “Trump,” but no one seems to be buying his story.
While all the attention was seemingly on Bo Scarbrough, many missed the truly remarkable thing that the team’s heroic quarterback of the night, Tua Tagovailoa, had done. His name should be the one that is being mentioned by the media.
Tua is a good, Christian guy. Not only did he help win the national championship game for the team, but he also commanded “the offense for 166 yards and 27 yards rushing in the second half, finishing 14-for-24 in the most important game of the season,” according to The Daily Caller. If that wasn’t enough to make him the star player of the night, he went on to throw the game-winning touchdown in overtime, which turned out to be a perfect pass to wide receiver DeVonta Smith.
However, it’s not what happened during the game that has since caught the attention of fans everywhere, but rather, what he had to say during a brief interview after the remarkable victory. When asked what went through his mind after his coach told him he was going to start, Tua said he knew exactly who he wanted to thank – Jesus Christ.
“First and foremost, I just want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, with whom all things are possible. That’s what happened tonight,” he explained before going on to thank his family and teammates. Then, he turned his attention to his faith once more, adding, “In this moment it means the world but at the same time all glory goes to God. I can’t describe what He has done for me and my family. I thank God for that.”
Wow. Sadly, there aren’t too many people in the public spotlight who boldly thank God like that in today’s society. It’s refreshing to see that there are up and coming football stars who have the same Christian values our nation was founded on and publicly show their respect for God Himself.
There were many social media users who were thrilled to see Tua’s humility. “Greatly admire this faithful young man! May God continue to Bless you & yours,” one social media user wrote, while another user wasn’t afraid to state exactly what we’re all thinking when they wrote, “These are the youth that the media should be focusing on not the kneelers and the rioters on campuses.”
Yet another user knew that Tua’s coach, Nick Saban, deserved some credit and pointed out, “When nothing else worked Saban put in a disciple for Jesus… Smart move Nick, Smart move! Alabama needed a second half miracle and Tua knows someone in the miracle business.” Of course, most others simply stated something like, “Praise the Lord.”
There aren’t too many people in professional sports who would have done what Tua did during their winning moment. Using his moment in the spotlight to testify to the glory of God and His Son Jesus is truly remarkable to witness. Our nation still has a promising future, and it starts with people like Tua. We here at Mad World News are thankful to see a young, skilled athlete being a role model for future generations.