Alabama Quarterback Thanks God For Helping Team Win National Title

An athlete’s religious beliefs were on full display at college football’s national championship game Monday night.

Tua Tagovailoa may have been as surprised as anyone when he ended up starring in the contest that pitted Alabama against Georgia. After all, the second-string quarterback was not even expected to play in the big game.

During his first year as a college athlete, he had made only seven previous appearances. Those occasions were “garbage time” in “blowout victories,” according to The Blaze.

Tagovailoa got his chance in the limelight after his Crimson Tide teammates fell behind Georgia and trailed 13-0 at the end of the first half. Alabama head coach Nick Saban, looking for a way to spark his players to mount a comeback in the second half, sent Tagovailoa onto the field to run the offense.

The backup quarterback’s inexperience did not prevent him from rising to the occasion and becoming the hero of the day.

Tagovailoa threw three touchdown passes, which enabled Alabama to erase Georgia’s lead and send the game into overtime. When the dust had settled, the Crimson Tide were walking off the field in triumph as the 2018 college champions.

The final score was 26-23. It was one of the most thrilling national-title contests that football fans have ever seen, but Tagovailoa did not take credit for the outcome.

“First and foremost, I’d just like to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” the young man told reporters. “With him, all things are possible."

"That’s what happened tonight. All glory goes to God."

"I can’t describe what He’s done for me and my family. Who would have ever thought I would have been here, right now in this moment," he continued.

"So, you know, thank God for that, and I’d just like to thank my teammates and coach Saban for giving me the opportunity.”

After the post-game interview, Tagovailoa found his family members in the grandstand and joined them in prayer.

AL.com noted that Tagovailoa was not the first quarterback to thank God following a national championship. Among the others who did so were the University of Florida’s Tim Tebow, Alabama’s Jay Barker and NFL star Kurt Warner.

Tagovailoa’s comments ignited a huge response on social media, with many people singing his praises.

Tagovailoa spent his childhood in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, where he attended the Ole Filemu (Message of Peace) Church. His uncle, Tuli Amosa, served as the minister.

Upon his arrival in Alabama, the football player went to the Church of the Highlands in Tuscaloosa, the state’s largest house of worship. The church, headed by Pastor Chris Hodges, is based in Irondale.

According to AJC.com, many fans of the Georgia Bulldogs claimed that the game was fixed. They lashed out at the referees, from the Big Ten Conference, accusing them of blowing a number of calls that helped Alabama win the championship for the fifth time in nine years.

One of the key plays happened with only four minutes left, when Georgia led 20-13. Tagovailoa, in a fourth-and-four situation, completed a pass to Calvin Ridley to score a touchdown that tied the game.

The referees failed to see Najee Harris, an Alabama wide receiver, jump offside before the center snapped the ball. A number of media outlets joined the Georgia fans in slamming the officials.

Source: The Blaze
Photo: USA Today, YouTube

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