Back when he was a star at the University of Alabama, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa wore No. 13.
When he was drafted by the Miami Dolphins, it became immediately clear that he would have to change numbers due to the fact that Dan Marino’s No. 13 jersey is retired by the franchise.
However, that fact didn’t stop columnist Mike Bianchi from offering his take that Marino should voluntarily un-retire his number so that Tagovailoa can wear it as Miami’s quarterback of the future.
Do you agree with me that #MiamiDolphins legend #DanMarino should voluntarily un-retire his No. 13 and give it to the next Miami Dolphins legend – #TuaTagovailoa? Here's my column: https://t.co/6mX20CjOXD pic.twitter.com/GFkFAj8PrU
— Mike Bianchi (@BianchiWrites) April 29, 2020
It wasn’t long before Dolphins fans took to the comments section of Bianchi’s tweet to eviscerate the writer for his ill-fated take.
Congrats. This is the dumbest thing I’ve read on the internet today.
— Tod Dickson (@toddickson) April 29, 2020
— Earl Gentile (@Earlgentile64) April 29, 2020
This is comical….seriously…. pic.twitter.com/VKh6PzI37q
— CHRIS TORELLO *️⃣ (@TorelloSports) April 29, 2020
— Buck Fuffalo (@Buck_Fuffalo) April 29, 2020
— smoot (@adamsmoot) April 29, 2020
No. I am excited about Tua, but the 13 is iconic with Dan Marino.
Let Tua start his own legacy and hopefully a number that can be retired.
— David Biddle (@davidebiddle) April 29, 2020
Unless Tua wins three+ Super Bowls there, Marino is the 🐐 in Miami
— Steve Miller (@stevenmiller_52) April 29, 2020
No and I will assume you just wrote this for clicks because I know you can’t think it for real?! pic.twitter.com/kK4KwW7gCi
— 𝕋𝕙𝕖𝔹𝕣𝕚𝕒𝕟𝔾𝕣𝕚𝕞𝕖𝕤 (@TheBrianGrimes) April 29, 2020
— Julie Anderson (@Juliea712) April 29, 2020
Clearly, the people of Miami have very little interest in seeing Tagovailoa wear the No. 13 jersey no matter how much they love their shiny new quarterback.
In the end, the sentiment of many of the comments was fairly spot on in saying that Tagovailoa should get the chance to carve out his own legacy in Miami.
Hopefully, when Tagovailoa’s career is in the books, the Dolphins will be happy to retire whatever number he ends up wearing.