Former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson was selected in three Pro Bowls (2018-20) and led the NFL in passing yards in 2020 with 4,823. He recorded the highest completion percentage in NFL history (67.8 percent) of all players with at least 1,500 passing attempts. Originally a first-round pick in Houston in 2017, Watson appeared in 54 career games and completed 1,186 of his 1,748 passes for 14,539 yards with 104 touchdowns, 36 interceptions and a 104.5 rating. He added 1,677 rushing yards with 17 touchdowns. Watson helped Clemson win the 2016 National Championship and won the Davey Brien Award as the top NCAA QB in 2015 and 2016.
However, he now faces the biggest challenge of his career – how to reshape his image.
“I understand that. I know there’s a stain that might stay with me for a while, but all I can do is keep going and keep showing the person I am – the real character, the real person and the real person I am, ”Watson said. “Like I said before, I never did the things these people said, and I will continue to fight for my name and clear my name, and as I did, just cooperate with all that with it and keep moving. Forward. As far as work and what I have to do in terms of football is to lead this team, help this team win many, many games and Super Bowls. That’s what it’s my job to keep everyone together and work with the Cleveland Browns and just keep pushing forward. ”
What Watson wants people to know about him as a person, given the concerns of some fans about his involvement with the Browns:
Watson: “The biggest thing for me is someone because I’m real, I’m a hard worker and a servant leader who likes to be social in the community and who likes to give and is kind of team-oriented so I like . interacting with my colleagues. Also, I want to show that in the end and get out of the community. I’m always hands-on with the Houston community, back to Gainesville and back to Clemson, and that’s what I want to do is get back of that brand or can go back to the person I know people. before all these allegations. ”
Why Watson asked to be sold from Texans, even before the criminal and civil cases:
Watson: “The biggest thing was that I think at the time we were both walking in different directions, and in order for me to do the things I wanted to do, we started making it private through my agency and then it took the lead. .in the whole big case, but it’s time the two of us split up.
What led to the decision to split with the Texans, given Watson had received a new contract extension months before that happened:
Watson: “For this situation and this situation, it’s hard to come up with details, but like I said before, it’s time for the two of us to separate. I know the contract was previously awarded to me that summer, but at the same time time, I was honest and straightforward with the organization; they were loyal to me; and we concluded that this was the best situation. ”
To explain the number of massage therapists Watson has used in the past:
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Watson: “I can’t go into too much detail because there is still an ongoing investigation, but I can say that at this time, especially at my age, social media is a big part of the business that goes into it. That is a factor into, it but as far as the details, I can’t quite get to it because there is an investigation going on. Hopefully, when everything is settled, I can say it freely. ”
If Watson re-examines his methods of finding and using massage therapists that continue:
Watson: “Absolutely. It was something with my team and now with the Cleveland Browns organization, we found a plan and moved on from there.
In Watson’s message to Browns fans and the people of Cleveland to help show that he is not the man described in the civil lawsuits:
Watson: “Honestly, I understand that the whole situation is very difficult, especially on the part of the female fans in this community. I’m not naive of that. I know these allegations are very serious. As I mentioned before, I have never attacked any woman.I have never rejected a woman.I was raised by a single parent mother, with two aunts as her sisters, and that is what raised me. I was raised to be real.I respect everyone and everything around me.I have always defended that, and I will continue to stand by that.I just want the opportunity to show who I really am in the community and be hands-on and help those people and can serve other people.
Watson initially said the Browns had no consideration before finally joining the team and how much influence the contract had on the decision:
Watson: “Actually, he has nothing to do with the contract. I didn’t know about the contract until I told my agent I wanted to go and become a Cleveland Brown. That was secondary. That was after the fact that we were talking on the phone with AB, Kevin and the Haslam family. That had nothing to do with my choice of the Cleveland Browns.
What caused Watson to change his mind and join the Browns:
Watson: “It doesn’t have to be a turndown. I think the media is rushing me to make a decision, and I’m not comfortable making the right decision. The news came out and things like that, but for me, I know that Cleveland is the best situation from a football standpoint and a community and family atmosphere.It’s been talked about by the guys before, when I met these guys – Coach Kevin, AB and the Haslam family – that’s all connection that we just had that bond, and I knew it was a perfect situation for me to have a fresh start, win some Super Bowl and progress and make it that way. community where we want to build it. ”
The Cleveland Browns ’probability of winning the Super Bowl now sits at +1900 according to FanDuel.
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