Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins looked completely overmatched by the Baltimore Ravens for most of their Week 2 showdown.
Then came the second half.
After trailing 28-7 heading into the third quarter, Tagovailoa threw for 319 yards and five touchdowns en route to a 42-38 victory.
The win was the second-biggest comeback in Dolphins franchise history.
With Tagovailoa enjoying his moment in the sun as the hero of Miami, many fans recalled one of the summer’s more intriguing dramas: the revelation that Tagovailoa had a secret wife.
Tagovailoa’s wife Annah Gore has largely stayed out of the limelight before and after news of their nuptials emerged, but some things about her are known.
First and foremost, her pictures were at one point publicly viewable on social media:
Beyond that, Gore has sought to maintain a low profile. What is known, however, is that she and Tagovailoa got legally married on July 18 of this year:
Because Gore has been so off-the-radar in terms of publicity, it’s impossible to know how she reacted to Tagovailoa’s incredible showing on Sunday. That said – it’s hard to blame her for not wanting attention.
Look at the intense scrutiny with which Kliff Kingsbury and his girlfriend’s provocative photos have been analyzed. Or the reaction Chris McCaffrey’ partner’s racy pictures get. Or the way people dissect Baker Mayfield’s wife’s fashion choices at games.
Of course some would rather avoid that drama.
If anything, it really reenforces why Tagovailoa has tried to keep his personal life so private.
“For me, I love to keep my life as private as possible, and that’s what we tried to do with me and my wife,” he said a few months ago.
“Obviously in this world that’s not how it is. It’s almost kind of disrespectful if you will, but it is what it is.”
Big picture, what happened on Sunday might’ve been a turning point in Tagovailoa’s career. If the Doilphins’ second half went anything like their first half, talk of benching the former Alabama standout was likely inevitable.
The photos speak for themselves. https://t.co/5MbjDV9GBT
— Game 7 (@game7__) September 18, 2022
Instead he bounced back strong, led his team to victory and now sits 2-0 on the year.
Time will tell if Tagovailoa and the Dolphins can keep the good times rolling for the rest of the season, but for now, it’s hard not to be impressed with how things have gone for them thus far.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.