The Success and The Failures of Lefthanders in Sports
Tua Tagovailoa joined the Miami Dolphins in 2020 and became their starting quarterback midway through his rookie year. He has established himself as the clear leader of a winning team when healthy, but a series of concussions sidelined him for parts of 2022 and raises some concerns about his future.
The last two lefthanded quarterbacks prior to Tua Tagolaivoa to play in the NFL
were Kellen Moore and Michael Vick, but they had both been retired since 2015
The best lefthanded quarterback ever
to play professional football might be
Nick Davila of the Arizona Rattlers
in the Arena Football League.
Only seventeen other lefthanded quarterbacks have played in the NFL.
Some were occasional starters, but most were backups who rarely played.
Starting with Ken Stabler (1970-1984), followed by Jim Zorn (1976-1987),
then Boomer Esiason (1984-1997), followed by Steve Young (1985-1999),
then Mark Brunell (1994-2011), followed by Michael Vick (2001-2015)...
During every year for over forty years, there was at least
one very good Lefthanded Quarterback playing in the NFL.
Tagovailoa says he feels strong and ready to go for the start of the 2023 season, and we wish him good health and success on the field. We also wish that we had a few more lefthanded quarterbacks we could write about, because being the only one puts a lot of weight on Tua's shoulder.