HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Alabama Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa didn’t stop signing autographs at Huntsville’s Parkway Place Mall when a young fan came up and gave him a hug.
That’s according to a Facebook user who captured the moment in a picture.
“My phone is blowing up with text messages, social media, it’s just crazy to see how much it’s been shared,” said Clayli Overstreet.
Last Saturday, hundreds of Crimson Tide fans packed into Parkway Place Mall in Huntsville to meet current and former Alabama star football players.
For 9-year-old Abigail who has autism, Tua was the main attraction.
“We saw the line we knew that there was just no way that she could wait because of her needs we were just kind of at the right place at the right time,” said Overstreet.
She saw Tua signing autographs, and took advantage of the moment of meeting her favorite football player.
“That’s when Abby just kind of said, can I give you a hug? He just looked over at her and said, “yeah come on.” She just flew up under that rope and that’s when they embraced. It was just really a very special moment," said Overstreen.
Alabama fans, Auburn fans and people from around the county agree. That’s why the photo is going viral. Tua’s willingness to accept the hug has earned him fans for life.
“We’ll definitely be following Tua, wherever he goes and we just hope whatever he does in the NFL he succeeds,” said Overstreet.