Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa revealed on Wednesday that he had considered retirement "for a time" after a Christmas Day concussion cut his 2022-2023 season short.
Tagovailoa, 25, missed a total of five games last season after suffering multiple concussions.
The former Alabama Crimson Tide star told reporters ultimately that "it would be hard for me to walk away from this game" given his age and the fact that he wanted his son, Ace, to watch him play.
“Yeah, I think I considered it, you know, for a time, having sat down with my family, having sat down with my wife and having those kind of conversations,” Tagovailoa said. “But really, it would be hard for me to walk away from this game with how old I am, with my son."
"I always dreamed of growing — playing as long as I could to where my son knew exactly what he was watching his dad do," he continued. "Yeah, I mean it’s my health, it’s my body. I feel like this is what’s best for me and my family. I love the game of football. If I didn’t I would have quit a long time ago.”
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