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Tua Tagovailoa blesses a family in the loss of a 12-year-old boy

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He is a quarterback with championship aspirations on the field, but Tua Tagovailoa carries himself with a purpose that is bigger than football. 

Prior to him leading the University of Alabama to Kyle Field to face Texas A&M, the young man of faith blessed a family in autographing a football and a jersey for its 12-year-old son that tragically lost his life to a gunshot wound in the head.

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John Jones, a native of Phenix City, Ala., was the boy in question and the incident happened on Friday, Oct. 4.

He was pronounced dead on Sunday, Oct. 6 at a hospital in Atlanta, Ga., and for Tagovailoa, Saturday’s showing will be for Jones. 

He will be buried with the football and the signed No. 17 jersey. 

A beautiful gesture from an individual who shows that life is bigger than the gridiron game. 

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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