“But At What Price Is The Risk More Than The Reward” | FS1 Personality Shannon Sharpe Wants Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa To Retire

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is home recovering from a week where he took some brutal blows to his head.

While he wasn’t diagnosed with a concussion during last Sunday’s game against the Bills where he was visibly wobbly and woozy after hitting his head on the field turf at Hard Rock Stadium, four days later Tagovailoa was sacked and swung by a Bengals defender once again banging his head on the field turf, but this time at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. The former Alabama star was carted off and taken to an area hospital for further evaluation. He was released and traveled back to Miami with his team.

With the fallout still occurring from Thursday’s scary sight, FS1 personality and Pro Football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe believes Tagovailoa should retire from the NFL. Sharpe expounded on what he meant during Friday’s episode of “Undisputed.”

Sharpe Tells Tua To Hang Up The Cleats

“I just think to it, you have to take a step and say, It’s okay. I understand football is very important. It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was a little boy. I wanted to play quarterback in the National Football League. But at what price moving forward is the risk worth the reward?”

Sharpe continued, And so for me, I just … look, he’s made $25 million in his career thus far. I don’t know the man’s spending habit. I don’t know what he has in the future. But given what he went through last night, I would think long, long and very hard. And I’m gonna go to multiple doctors, not just one, not just to give … I’m gonna go to three, four, or five doctors and see what they say. Are they saying something similar?

“Because if I get through two or three doctors said, if you will, ‘My son, I would advise you to step away.’ What else I need to know? That’s all I need to know. Because at some point in time, I want to know who my kids are. I’m going to know what they hell I’m doing. I want to know what’s going on. That’s what I would do.”

A visibly upset and perturbed Sharpe even went as far to ask Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel and team owner Stephen Ross if they would have been OK with their son re-entering last Sunday’s game. Or playing on Thursday night.  

Sharpe Lays Into McDaniel And Ross

“I want to ask Mike McDaniel, if Tua was your son, and you saw what happened, and he told your dad, it was my back … Stephen Ross, if that was your son, would you have allowed him to go out there and play after what you saw what happened on Sunday? Would you have allowed him to play on Thursday?”

McDaniel says the team took all the necessary steps for Tua to take the field on Thursday and that the Fins did nothing wrong. Sharpe doesn’t think so and he’s asking a valid question, and the resounding answer from Dolphins’ brass would probably be a NO. After watching Tua stumble and stagger to his feet in the previous game, no way should he have been out there Thursday.

If it’s any consolation, the NFL Players Association fired the neurotrauma consultant who approved Tagovailoa’s re-entry into last Sunday’s game against Buffalo. As for Tagovailoa, he’s now out indefinitely, after suffering what many believe was two concussions in four days. But the thought of him retiring doesn’t sound like something that’s going to happen anytime soon.


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