Darius Rucker shows interest in attending next edition of Tua Tagovailoa’s charity event

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American singer, musician, and songwriter Darius Rucker showed interest in attending the next edition of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s annual Luau with Tua event.

Tagovailoa’s event, which was held on Thursday, raised funds for the Tua Foundation and Dan Marino Foundation and brought in nearly 300 supporters that featured Dolphins legends and fans.

The event featured a traditional Hawaiian performance, as well as a silent auction, which featured exclusive sports memorabilia to contribute to the charitable efforts.

“It really is a blessing.” Tagovailoa said. “I am very fortunate to be in the position that I’m in now to use my platform to be able to do things like this.”

Rucker and Tagovailoa have been connected before, as the musician said last December that he’d been interested in a jam session with Tagovailoa, after the quarterback showcased his guitar-playing skills during the “ManningCast” of Monday Night Football.

Tagovailoa appeared to be interested in teaming up with Rucker to do that as well.

It’s great to see Tagovailoa giving back to the community, and it’s even better that more high-profile figures may come to support his efforts. Rucker has 1.5 million followers on the social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter), so he has a major reach when it comes to advocating for an event like Tagovailoa’s fundraiser.

The foundation reportedly raised more than $800,000 for children.

“That means ‘the pathway to leadership is through service,’” he said when explaining a phrase he said in Samoan. “And for everyone that’s here, this is their service. This is service by giving back, not expecting anything in return.”

Dolphins fans certainly have to be impressed that their quarterback is so invested in the community.

Tagovailoa is not only shining as a person off the field, but he’s also become one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL over the last few seasons.

This past season, he had arguably his best showing as a professional, throwing for an NFL-best 4,624 yards in the regular season. He completed a career-high 69.3 percent of his passes and threw for 29 touchdowns (also the best mark of his career).

The Dolphins have made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons, and they are hoping to again in the 2024 season with Tagovailoa leading the way.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.