His team may have come up short in a closely watched Sunday night game against the formidable Kansas City Chiefs, but Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was the real winner of the game.
The Gainesville, Georgia native, and Clemson alumni, is making headlines and turning heads across the country-both off but especially on the field.
Off the turf, Watson garnered widespread praise in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which decimated and flooded much of Houston. The star rookie donated his entire first paycheck–close to $29,000–to displaced residents who lost everything in the disaster.
On the field, Watson is amazing people with his arm, pinpoint precision, and amazing versatility. In just a few weeks of play, he has turned Houston’s offense into the top scoring unit in the NFL.
Watson is drawing comparisons to other successful Black quarterbacks such as Michael Vick and especially Doug Williams who, in 1987, became the first Black quarterback to win a Super Bowl.
His first year in the pros, Watson has unquestionably established himself as one of the league’s elite passers.
— NFL (@NFL) October 9, 2017