Rookie jersey numbers generally don’t make headlines.
But Tua Tagovailoa’s has been a subject of interest since the Miami Dolphins made him the No. 5 pick in April’s draft. Tagovailoa wore No. 13 during his national championship and Heisman Trophy finalist days with Alabama, a number he would normally carry with him to the pros.
No. 13 is accounted for in Miami. Dan Marino played 17 record-breaking Hall of Fame seasons with the Dolphins while wearing No. 13, a number that no other Dolphin will wear in his wake.
Tua makes his choice
Instead, Tagovailoa will start his legacy with a jersey number carrying its own weight.
The Dolphins announced on Tuesday that Tagovailoa will wear No. 1. It’s a selection that carries with it a tremendous amount of confidence, a quality coveted in a quarterback.
Or maybe it’s just a shoutout to Garo Yepremian.
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