Published 9: 12 PM EDT Apr 23, 2020
Southpaws can rejoice.
Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa was selected No. 5 by the Miami Dolphins in the first round of Thursday’s NFL draft, making him the league’s only left-handed quarterback.
The NFL has not had a lefty passer since Kellen Moore retired from the Dallas Cowboys in 2018 to become a coach with the team. The 2010 draft was the last time that a left-handed signal-caller was selected by any team, as Tim Tebow was taken No. 25 overall by the Denver Broncos and Sean Canfield was selcted by the New Orleans Saints in the seventh round.
Prior to Thursday, Matt Leinart — selected No. 10 overall by the Arizona Cardinals in 2006 — was the last lefthanded signal-caller to be taken in the top 10.
Tagovailoa uses his right hand for other tasks but was instructed at 5 or 6 years old to throw with his left.
“My dad was the only lefty in our family and he wanted me to be a lefty as well, so he switched the way I threw,” Tagovailoa said at the NFL scouting combine in February. “I didn’t touch the ball with my right as far as throwing, just threw with my left. I don’t think I would be here if I was a righty.”
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