Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa made his return to the football field on Sunday night, taking up the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Tagovailoa, who had been out with a concussion, didn’t hesitate to get back into the physicality of the football game. He lowered his shoulder and drove right into a Steelers defender in the primary half.
While some fans were concerned for Tagovailoa during that play, the quarterback said he “needed” it.
“Coach, I’m sorry — I needed that,” Tagovailoa told his head coach.
NFL fans were apprehensive for Tagovailoa on the play, though they’ll understand his reasoning.
“Tua crazy lol,” one fan wrote.
“Man said he needed to point out the world he ain’t got no concussion no more. Tua really got heart for this game. Just hope his body can sustain with it lol,” one other fan added.
“Gotta respect his toughness. Definitely want him to be more careful but he’s true football player!” one fan added.
“You understand what, I understand it. I used to be upset at first but now I understand it. He probably needed to do it to shake the demons in his head that were telling him he’ll get injured again. Needed to prove to himself that he’s okay to play,” one other fan wrote.
The Dolphins beat the Steelers, 16-10, to enhance to 4-3 on the season.