Miami Dolphins starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has a long list of career accolades, even as a 25-year-old playing in only his fourth NFL season. As a freshman at the University of Alabama in 2017, Tagovailoa led the Crimson Tide to their 17th national championship, earning Offensive MVP honors in the 26-23 victory over Georgia. He was a Heisman finalist in 2018, the fifth overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft, and currently has the Dolphins sitting atop the AFC East with a 10-4 record.
What many people may not know about Tua is that he’s also a gifted musician. Of course, after his recent performance on Omaha Productions’ ManningCast, it’s going to be harder to keep his talents a secret.
Tagovailoa joined Peyton and Eli Manning on the broadcast for several minutes during the Week 13 Monday night game featuring the Cincinnati Bengals and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Tagovailoa arrived with two minutes left in the first quarter and discussed his Dolphins’ recent run of success and his partnership with star wideout Tyreek Hill.
That said, the highlight of Tua’s appearance on ManningCast came midway through the second quarter when Tua was shown on screen with an acoustic guitar. Initially, Peyton asked for “Rocky Top,” which is hardly a surprise coming from the former Tennessee quarterback. Tua responded by strumming a few notes of the beginning of “Sweet Home Alabama,” a nod to his own alma mater.“Peyton didn’t like that,” Tua teased afterward, citing the conference rivalry between the Crimson Tide and Peyton’s Volunteers.
“I like that. I respect that. Florida State doesn’t like that,” Peyton clapped back, citing the school’s recent exclusion from the College Football playoff in favor of 12-1 Alabama.
Tua then proposed “Tears in Heaven” by Eric Clapton. Peyton and Eli were in agreement, and Tua began strumming the introduction. Tua continued playing as Peyton began singing the play-by-play call as the game continued in the background.
“No one wants to hear you sing,” Eli warned Peyton, causing Tua to crack up as he continued the song.
“You guys are hilarious,” Tua quipped after finishing the song.
Although Peyton’s vocals left much to be desired, Tua’s musical skills were better than most would have expected. Viewers could see two additional guitars propped against the wall behind the fourth-year quarterback as he strummed his acoustic guitar.
Founded in 2020 by Peyton Manning and Jamie Horowitz, Omaha Productions has a core mission to develop content that brings people together and inspires them. Within just three years, this vision has translated into remarkable success, with the company expanding its team to over 40 members and achieving an impressive valuation of more than $400 million.
In addition to ESPN2’s Emmy award-winning ManningCast, Omaha Productions also produces Netflix’s Quarterback docuseries and ESPN’s Peyton’s Places. Omaha’s president Jamie Horowitz leads drives much of the creative and innovative production work that has made the young company feel different.
Now in its third season, ManningCast, an alternative to the traditional Monday Night Football broadcast, consistently attracts an audience of one to two million viewers weekly. Notably, this audience tends to be six years younger on average compared to the usual Monday Night Football viewers. This season’s line-up has been star-studded, featuring guests like Tua Tagovailoa, Patrick Mahomes, Caitlin Clark, Will Ferrell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Mark Wahlberg.