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Tua Tagovailoa nearly made career-altering move

How close was he to making this call?

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has already suffered a frightening concussion last season, having been carted off the field during a game in September against the Cincinnati Bengals. 

He would miss a handful of games, but despite calls from numerous pundits and former players begging him to retire, he would return to action in Week 7. But it wouldn't be long before he went right back into concussion protocol after suffering a heavy hit on Christmas Day against the Green Bay Packers. Despite the hit, he wouldn't leave the game and wasn't initially evaluated. 

Tagovailoa would admit earlier todaythat he did in fact consider hanging up the cleats for good thanks to his concussion issues.

“I considered it for a time,” said Tagovailoa. “Having sat down with my family, having sat down with my wife and having those kinds of conversations. Really, it would be hard for me to walk away from this game.”

”I always dreamed of growing and playing as long as I could to where my son knew exactly what he was watching his dad do.”

The Dolphins did make the call to pick up Tagovailoa's $23.2 million fifth-year option on March 20, a sign of faith that they still believe in him. And it sounds as though he's going to continue playing for as long as he can.

“It’s my health. It’s my body. I feel like this is what’s best for me and my family. I love the game of football.”