EWA BEACH, Hawaii (WIAT) — Alabama football quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is back home in Hawaii, and CBS 42’s Simone Eli is there with him!
Saturday, Simone took you live into the middle of the hometown hero parade and celebration being thrown for Tagovailoa.
Eli was personally invited by Tua’s parents to travel to Hawaii to cover the parade and get an up-close view of life with Tua and the Tagovailoa family during Tua’s big homecoming trip.
The hometown hero parade began shortly after 3 p.m. and was followed by a celebration where Tua, his father, and many others spoke about the impact Tua has had.
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“Oh my lordy, Tua’s gonna play!,” Tua’s dad Galu Tagovailoa recalled the moment during the National Championship when he realized Tua would actually play as he spoke onstage at the hometown hero celebration. “When you think things are going bad, don’t ever doubt God. I doubted him, and I was put in my place, quick.”
Tua gave his testimony during the celebration on stage. CBS 42 livestreamed it; we will be uploading the full video of his speech and testimony soon.