Deshaun Watson has become one of the fast-rising quarterbacks in the National Football League, all thanks to his excellent skills and resilience while in the field of play. The star player kicked off his professional football career in 2017 after being picked by the Houston Texans in the NFL draft. He completed his youth career at Clemson University where he led the Tigers to win different championships. Interestingly, Watson garnered wide attention in 2017 after a video of him playing basketball with the former adult movie star Mia Khalifa surfaced online. Read on, as we take you through Watson’s career and other interesting facts below.
Deshaun Watson Bio
The quarterback was born as Derrick Deshaun Watson on the 14th day of September 1995 in Gainesville City of Georgia in the United States. His parents separated soon after he was born and he was raised by a single mother, Deann Watson. He grew up in Gainesville neighborhood along with his three other siblings. The talented quarterback had a tough childhood as his mother suffered from tongue cancer during his high school days. He attended Gainesville High School where he started his football career. He played the quarterback position under the guidance of Coach Bruce Miller.
During his high school career, the talented star excelled and was able to set different state records. Deshaun totaled 17,134 rushing yards and 218 touchdowns at the end of his high school career. Amazingly, he led his team to win the state championship in his senior year, thus earning a spot on the 2014 List of Top High School recruits as well as the All American Team.
For his college career, Deshaun enrolled at Clemson University via an athletic scholarship in 2014. There, he played college football with the Clemson Tigers for three seasons before declaring for the NFL draft. His freshman year was cut short due to a series of injuries he sustained. The following year, Deshaun helped the Tigers to maintain a 12 – 0 record while winning the ACC Championship. For his outstanding performance, he was named the Most Valuable Player of the ACC tournament. He also received other accolades including ACC Offensive Player of the Year Award, Manning Award, and All-American team honors.
As a junior in 2016, Deshaun led the Tigers to win their second national championship. The quarterback became the second player after Jason White to win the David O’Brien Award twice and consecutively. He also won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, as well as the Manning Award in the same year. At the end of the season, he had to forgo his senior year in order to join the 2017 NFL draft.
Professional Career and Injury Stats
Deshaun Watson joined the NFL combine drills where he made an excellent performance. As a result of his performance, the player was projected to be among the top first-round picks in 2017. He was later chosen by the Houston Texans as the 12th player overall and the third quarterback to be selected that year. He joined the Texans in May 2017 after he penned a four-year rookie contract worth $13.84 million.
Watson made his professional debut on 10th September 2017 in their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. After an impressive rookie season, the player was named to the PFQA All-Rookie Team; he passed for 1,699 yards and scored 19 touchdowns in seven gamed. His performance was affected by a knee injury which he sustained on 2nd November 2017. The player had a torn ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) which ruled him out for the rest of his rookie season. Deshaun successfully underwent surgery on his right knee to fix the injury.
Returning to the active roster in the 2018 season, Deshaun played 16 games for the Texans, finishing with a career-high of 4,165 passing yards. He equally scored 26 touchdowns and made nine interceptions. Watson broke the league’s record, becoming the first player in NFL history to complete over 4,000 passing yards in a single season.
Deshaun Watson’s Salary
The Texans quarterback has earned huge wealth from his football career and is currently living a lavish lifestyle. Despite coming from a poor background, Deshaun’s determination has placed him among the top earners in his team. He penned a four-year contract worth $13.84 million with the Texans in 2017, the deal came with a signing bonus of $8.21 million. In all, the quarterback has made over $9.7 million in his first two professional seasons.
Who Is His Girlfriend, Mia Khalifa?
While Deshaun Watson has been enjoying a blossoming football career, the football star hasn’t been so open when it comes to his love life. It is already known that Deshaun has been in a relationship with his high school sweetheart named Dallas Robson. The pair met each other while attending Gainesville High School and seeing the connection between them, they ignited their relationship. The duo remained together during his college days at Clemson; however, towards the end of his college career, the pair went their separate ways.
The media went abuzz in 2017 after a video of Deshaun playing basketball with the former adult movie star Mia Khalifa surfaced online. The video raised several eyebrows among his fans who thought the two were dating. Reacting, Mia released a statement, stressing that there is nothing going on between them.
Deshaun seems to be single at the moment as he has not been romantically linked to anyone.