Proud Marcus Mariota says protege Tua Tagovailoa deserves all the credit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. –? Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, who may be the next great Hawaiian quarterback, has spent most of his life following the path of his mentor, Tennessee Titans quarterback? Marcus Mariota. Monday, Tagovailoa accomplished one thing Mariota never did: lead his program to a national championship. Mariota couldn’t be happier.

Mariota stayed up a little past his bedtime to see Tagovailoa, a friend he has kept in touch with since high school, take down Georgia after entering the game at halftime when Nick Saban decided to bench starter Jalen Hurts. Tagovailoa led the Tide from down 13-0 to force overtime. In OT, he bounced back from a sack that lost 16 yards on first down to orchestrate a game-winning 41-yard touchdown one play later and deliver a 26-23 victory and an Alabama championship.

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