Crutching into the interview room to the clicking shutters of photographers, Tua Tagovailoa had a smile on his face.
He joked about wearing PJ pants to a room full of reporters and cameras before sitting down and doing a Nick Saban news conference impression Thursday afternoon in Tuscaloosa.
A quick rundown of injuries brought a smile to the face of the injured quarterback whose status is the biggest story of December. Tagovailoa met with reporters for just over 13 minutes not to reveal his decision about the 2020 NFL draft but to discuss a wide number of topics related to his major hip injury and the response to it.
All of this started Nov. 16 in Starkville when Tagovailoa dislocated and fractured his hip being driven into the ground by two Mississippi State tacklers. He was helicoptered to Birmingham, then flown to Houston for surgery on the hip that knocked him out of consideration for the top pick in the 2020 NFL draft.
Tagovailoa’s done a few interviews since his injury but hasn’t fully explained what was in his head in the moment he went to the tuft in in Davis Wade Stadium.