Tua Tagovailoa is gearing up for his fourth year with the Miami Dolphins. He faced multiple head injuries in 2022 and now stands at a critical juncture in his NFL career. The 2023 season is calling, and he’s ready.
Once an Alabama Crimson Tide standout, Tagovailoa knows the stakes. He likely put in the hard yards over the offseason, working on both his physique and his game. But, ESPN analyst and former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Ryan Clark had some critiques.
Clark hinted at a possible weight gain by the Dolphins’ quarterback, joking that Tagovailoa had skipped the gym. This didn’t sit well with Tua, who fired back on Wednesday.
Usually measured in his words, Clark’s comments seemed to light a fire within Tagovailoa. “I’d appreciate if you kept my name out of your mouth,” he snapped during a talk with reporters.
Clark even alluded to Tagovailoa’s focus on tattoos, mentioning an arm-sleeve ink job he didn’t have last season. After all, Clark’s had his share of the spotlight, playing 13 years with four NFL teams, even bagging a Super Bowl with the Steelers.
The criticism came during a chat on ESPN’s “NFL Live,” talking about Tagovailoa’s preseason performance. “He wasn’t in the gym, I’ll bet you that,” Clark said, hinting at time spent in the tattoo parlor instead of following a nutritionist’s advice.
Tagovailoa’s response? He found Clark’s comments “a little weird.” He added, sarcastically, “He probably knows more about me than I know about myself.” Then, he revealed a fiery side, emphasizing his Samoan roots and the importance of respect.
Clark stood by his words, clarifying that it was all in jest. But the Dolphins’ roster speaks for itself, listing Tagovailoa at 227 pounds.
Tagovailoa reflects, “Do you think I wanted to build all this muscle?” He hints at the unseen struggles and hard work behind the scenes, a mixture of efforts that only those in the game truly understand. The season awaits, and Tua is more ready than ever. Just saying.