The most valuable ankle in Alabama — and the award-winning quarterback attached to it — is traveling in style this week.
Alabama is using a private plane to transport quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who underwent ankle surgery earlier this week, during awards season so that he may continue treatment on that ankle without interruption, a member of the athletic department said.
Tagovailoa arrived at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta on Thursday for the Home Depot College Football Awards show with his ankle in a boot and that boot resting on a scooter.
Also in the plane is Jeff Allen, the associate athletic director for sports medicine, and the rehab equipment Tagovailoa needs for his treatment. They will fly to Teterboro, New Jersey, near New York City, on Friday morning for the Heisman Trophy weekend. Tagovailoa will curtail his participation in some activities surrounding the Heisman weekend in order to continue rehab under Allen's direction.