Tua Tagovailoa underwent successful hip surgery on Monday after suffering a season-ending injury Saturday that has Alabama head coach Nick Saban and his team hurting in a big way.

Saban admitted Monday that the entire team is feeling this loss keenly while offering effusive praise for Tagovailoa, who lifted Saban’s spirits during a phone call Saturday night.

Saban isn’t lying about Tagovailoa being “positive about just about everything he does.” Check out this video of the young man strumming a ukulele and singing from his hospital bed.

It’s this special quality that has earned Tagovailoa a very rare place in Saban’s heart. He admitted that his love and appreciation for Tagovailoa runs much deeper than it has for almost all of his players over the years.