Taulia Tagovailoa presented Kyler Murray with lei after winning Heisman


Standing in the back of the news conference Saturday night, a Heisman Trust staffer held a lei.

At the podium, Kyler Murray was explaining the emotion of winning the Heisman Trophy over Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa. So, who’s lei was it?

“It’s Kyler’s,” he said.

After the vote was announced in an emotional theater across the street from this midtown Manhattan ballroom, Tagovailoa’s brother Taulia Tagovailoa presented Murray with the floral lei.

Murray said he wasn’t surprised by the gesture after spending time around Tagovailoa and his family this week.

“They are all about family and they make sure everybody else is good,” Murray said. “I enjoyed being around their family for the past two days and they’ve been nothing but supportive of me. So, I’m very appreciative of them.”

Asked if he thinks Tagovailoa, a sophomore, could be back in New York for the Heisman next season, Murray sounded supportive.

“God willing,” he said. “If he stays healthy. He’s a tremendous talent and an even better dude off the field so I’m glad I got to meet him for the first time. Yeah, I’m pretty positive he will be back.”

Murray finished with 2,167 total points to Tagovailoa’s 1,871 in the vote announced Saturday night.