On Monday, the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide will face off against Clemson for what feels like the 37th time in the College Football Playoff era as they attempt to defend last year’s national championship title.
Things looked grim for Bama last January when they headed to the locker room at halftime trailing Georgia 13-0. Nick Saban made the ballsy decision to replace Jalen Hurts with true (and unproven) freshman Tua Tagovailoa, who put the team on his back and secured an overtime win with one of the most clutch touchdown passes you’ll ever see.
While one guy somehow managed to predict Tagovailoa would be the game’s MVP, he was probably one of the only people who expected to see him get some minutes.
However, barring some unforeseen disaster, Tagovailoa will get plenty of playing time during the game. As a result, he’s decided to invite some family to join in on the fun, a story that would normally be pretty unremarkable if it wasn’t for the fact he has over 400 relatives on his guest list.
According to AL.com, as of Friday morning, the quarterback has extended an invite to 405 family members— including the one who beat him with a belt when he played poorly— who will make their way to Santa Clara over the next few days.
It might sound absurd but Tagovailoa apparently hails from a pretty massive clan:
Tua has an enormous family. Father Galu is the oldest of nine siblings. Mom Diane is the oldest of 10. Many of their siblings have large families as well. Most of them are going to the game.
I’m sure the QB will be thrilled to have them in attendance but the organizers of the event might actually be more excited when you consider no one really wants to go to the game.
At least they know at least 405 people are showing up.