by Alex Poletti
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The worst fears of Crimson Tide fans came to fruition on Saturday, as star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a hip injury against Mississippi State, ending his season. Though this is a major setback for Tua Tagovailoa, and has the potential to prematurely end his playing career, experts at The Second String believe that Tua will be alright, given his bachelor of arts degree in Art History from the University of Alabama.
“He may never play on the gridiron again, though we certainly hope that’s not the case,” analyst Jon Rubenstein says. “But an Alabama degree will get you far these days. With several job openings in his field, he could easily be looking at $25,000 a year as an adjunct professor, more if he moves into curation. The sky’s the limit now.”
Tagovailoa is one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in College Football history, setting the record at Alabama for most career touchdowns. A Maxwell and Walter Camp Award winner, the Hawaiian was set to go first overall in the 2020 NFL draft. Now that his season is over, however, his stock is expected to fall significantly.
“Top five is not even certain any more,” Tony DeLucas, a pollster for The Second String, argues. “If I were him, I’d go back to school for a senior season. That way, he can pad his football stats and show scouts he can still play at an elite level post-injury. But more importantly, he’ll be able to finish his degree and write a thesis, probably on the influence of Matisse and other French post-Impressionists on modern high culture.”
Tagovailoa garnered praise for his mental fortitude and physicality on the football field. Before his injury, the junior led the NCAA in total QBR, per ESPN. Hopefully, these skills can translate to the world of art history.
“In a way, Tua is uniquely qualified to become an art historian,” Lucy Curzon, an Associate Professor of Contemporary and Modern Art at Alabama, says. “There are only about seven or eight players that get drafted to become quarterbacks in the NFL every year. In the world of art history, there are only seven or eight jobs to be had in the country, so we know he can handle that level of scarcity when looking for employment.”