His ears are probably still ringing, but in a good way.
A joyous, yet deafening sound came in the fourth quarter of the Miami Dolphins/New York Jets matchup on Sunday with 2:27 remaining on the clock. Hard Rock Stadium could not contain itself as Dolphin fans watched one backup player enter the game, and it was at quarterback. Ryan Fitzpatrick pushed the team to a 24-0 victory over the Jets; however, in that moment he reflected back on what he told local reporters in the summer.
“I am a placeholder for Tua Tagovailoa,” Fitzpatrick said.
With a 37-year-old leading the cheers, Tagovailoa entered the game with a huge smile.