Jaeden Yoro is a big Tua Tagovailoa fan, and told him so.
A second later, the Saint Louis quarterback and recent graduate gave his Hawaii Hall of Honor poster board to the young All-Blacks player. York, a fifth-grader who says his family is moving soon, but “I don’t know where,” received something that most Hall of Honor inductees consider a keepsake for life.
Tagovailoa has worked with young players along side his father, Galu, and brother, Taulia, for years. Sunday afternoons doing drills and 7-on-7s was a ritual for the family at Ewa Beach. Tagovailoa has since become a nationally-recognized name since signing with Alabama and enrolling a semester early.
On one of the biggest nights of his career, Tagovailoa made it even more special for a young player from the same community.
“I told him I’m a huge fan. He’s a good football player,” Yoro said. “I’m hoping he makes it to the NFL.”