Tagovailoa, drafted by the Dolphins with the No. 5 pick in last month’s NFL draft, is the most anticipated quarterback for the Dolphins since Dan Marino, the greatest player in franchise history.
Tagovailoa wore No. 13 in Alabama college, a number that is withdrawn by the Dolphins for Marino. Tagovailoa did not consider asking Marino to remove his jersey, but to follow his own path with the No. 1.
“For me, I’m not too worried about the number I have. I know that number 13 is retired, and it should be, “said Tagovailoa shortly after writing it. “Dan Marino, he is the GOAT. He’s like the mayor there, and I have a lot of respect for him. Whatever number this organization gives me, whether it’s 78 or 99 – I’ll wear it. matter. “
After the Dolphins announced his number, Tagovailoa posted a photo on Twitter of him wearing his new jersey with the caption “For the audience of 1”.
For the public of 1?? pic.twitter.com/kZYXaYVD1R
– You are. T ?? (@Tua) May 6, 2020
Seventeen players have been ranked # 1 in the 2019 season, including Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray.
Tagovailoa will be the seventh player in franchise history to wear No. 1 in a regular season game. Many of the previous players who wore it were specialists, such as kicker Matt Turk (2000-04) and kickers Garo Yepremian (1970-78), Dan Carpenter (2008) and Cody Parkey (2017).
Quarterback Warren Moon of the Houston Oilers Hall of Fame also wore No. 1.
In other sports in South Florida, former Miami Heat star forward Chris Bosh took off his No. 1 shirt in 2019. The Marlins’ second goal, Luis Castillo, was a triple-star with the number from 1997 to 2005. Florida Panthers goalkeeper Roberto Luongo wore the numbers 2000-06 and 2014-19; it was the first jersey to be removed by the franchise.