Tagovailoa family travels more than 2,500 miles to see sons' first wins


The Tagovailoa family, including both Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua and Maryland Terrapins quarterback Taulia, just enjoyed one of the most hectic, rewarding weekends of their lives.

As documented on ESPN.com, the brothers' parents and extended family members went through plenty of obstacles to see Tua and Taulia play live. Four days, three states, several negative COVID-19 tests and more than 2,500 miles later, the family wrapped up their weekend with the most important number of all: two wins, each a career-first for their sons.

They've always been a family-first group - the entire family famously moved from Hawaii to Alabama when Tua first committed to the Crimson Tide - and according to their parents, that familial love has extended to the brothers as well. 

"They are stoked when they see us," [Tua and Taulia's father] Galu told ESPN. "Everything is talking about family. [Tua] was talking to us about Taulia's game and how happy he was for Taulia. Before we left, Taulia kept telling me, 'Man, Dad, I can't wait to see Tua play. I'm so excited.' Because they're so close. They want to be there to support each other, but they can't because of everything that's going on."

Pictures surfaced online after Maryland's win of Taulia showing up to the press conference wearing Tua's Miami jersey. Consider it repaying Tua's support; per ESPN, Tua called his parents immediately after Taulia's first touchdown pass in the game to cheer along with their parents.


It would have been a special weekend for the Tagovailoa clan even if their sons didn't play well, but thankfully for them, both brothers shined.

Taulia played a huge role in the Terps' comeback overtime victory over Minnesota, throwing for 394 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for another 59 yards and two more scores. His sensational performance earned him plenty of honors in the coming days.

It was one of the most impressive statistical outputs for a Maryland quarterback in recent memory, and it came in an instant classic of a primetime game.

Tua also played well, throwing the first touchdown pass of his NFL career, though he didn't need to do as much for his team to get the win thanks to Miami's dominant defensive performance.

Both brothers have bright futures ahead of them, with Taulia just a sophomore at Maryland and Tua a rookie with one game under his belt. There will probably be plenty more busy weekends in the future for a family that loves nothing more than to support their sons.

But there's nothing like the first time, and getting to see both first wins in person despite the pandemic is a memory they won't soon forget.