LEFTHANDERS IN SPORTS

The Success and The Failures of Lefthanders In Sports

We are pleased to welcome Tua Tagovailoa to the National Football League.  The lefthanded quarterback was drafted by the Miami Dolphins with the 5th overall pick on the 2020 NFL Draft, after an outstanding career at University of Alabama.  He threw for 7442 yards with a 69.3% completion percentage and 87 touchdowns with only 11 interceptions in three seasons.

Tagovailoa is expected to become the Dolphins starting quarterback sometime in 2020, if not in the first game then later as the season progresses.  When he first steps onto the field, he will join a group of only thirty other lefthanded quarterbacks who have played in the NFL, and he will be the first lefthander to play quarterback since the end of 2015.  When he starts his tenth game he will become one of just fourteen lefthanders to accomplish that feat.

Our expectations are much higher for Tua than just being the next lefthander, or being one of the few who have played quarterback in the NFL.  His performance in college give us hope that he will earn the same status as Ken Stabler, Jim Zorn, Boomer Esiason, Steve Young, Mark Brunell and Michael Vick, and become one of the best seven lefthanded quarterbacks ever to play in the NFL.

Welcome Tua Tagovailoa to the National Football League