A parting gift, Tua to his #1 fan

Jaeden Yoro’s hero was there before him, and the fifth-grader’s meeting with Tua Tagovailoa turned into a night he will never forget. (June 4, 2017) Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser

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.”

Tua Tagovailoa has many fielded many requests in his young, spectacular football career. None may have touched him as much as the one by fifth grader Jaeden Yoro at the Hawaii Hall of Honor banquet. (June 4, 2017) Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser

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