Nick Saban Warns NFL Teams About Passing on Tua Tagovailoa by Comparing Him to All-Time NFL QB

Nick Saban is clearly confident in Tua Tagovailoa.
Nick Saban is clearly confident in Tua Tagovailoa. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

When a college coach truly believes in one of his former players, they'll often go the extra mile in selling him to NFL teams. Dabo Swinney even famously compared Deshaun Watson to Michael Jordan when he was entering the 2016 NFL Draft.

But Nick Saban's latest comments on Tua Tagovailoa feel a bit more personal than your run-of-the-mill sales pitch of a former player.

Saban likened Tua's injury situation to what Drew Brees was dealing with back in 2006. That, of course, is a situation that Saban has intimate knowledge of. He was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins back then, when the team famously passed on signing Brees in free agency, in favor of Daunte Culpepper.

Culpepper would only go on to start four games in Miami. Brees would go on to build a Hall-of-Fame caliber resume that includes a Super Bowl ring, and the most career passing yards in NFL history with the Saints. Saban, meanwhile, went 6-10 with the Dolphins in 2006, and bolted to head up the Alabama Crimson Tide.

While his quote was meant for NFL teams as a whole, it's hard not to take it as a specific shot at, or warning to, the Dolphins, as recent reports have indicated they might have interest in Justin Herbert.

With Tua's draft stock being one of, if not the, biggest storyline in the 2020 NFL Draft, it's good to see the most decorated coach in college history defending his star player.

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