ATLANTA — Tua Tagovailoa may not have started the national championship for Alabama, but he sure did finish it.
The talented freshman came off the bench with the Crimson Tide trailing 13-0 at the half and he led Alabama to a 26-23 overtime victory.
Tagovailoa later gave a one-on-one interview to ESPN's Scott Van Pelt on SportsCenter.
Van Pelt: "Tua, do you have a sense of what it is that you and your guys have just accomplished?"
Tagovailoa: "I mean, it just felt like another game out there. I just thank God I was put in a place and the position that I'm in now. I just want to enjoy this win with my team and my family. That's really it."
Van Pelt: "I get it. And with respect – it's not just another game. It's the biggest stage your sport has got and at this moment we're showing that you shared with your family. What is it like when you get to share that particular moment with the people you love the most?"
Tagovailoa: "I think that's the most special thing. Especially for my dad. My dad is my heart. My family is my heart. And just being able to have them here, as well, to be able to witness it was an amazing opportunity for me."
Nick Saban explained his decision to bench starter Jalen Hurts in favor of Tagovailoa.
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