Who is Deshaun Watson?
Derrick Deshaun Watson is an American football quarterback
Watson is accused of sexual misconduct by more than 20 female massage therapists
In 2015, he was named the ACC Player of the Year
Deshaun Watson made headlines on August 18 when it was reported that he will be suspended for 11 games, along with being fined $5 million after violating NFL’s policy on personal conduct. The 26-year-old has been facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct recently. Watson would also be going through mandatory counselling sessions, as reported by USA Today.
Watson is accused of sexual misconduct by more than 20 female massage therapists. He received a six-game suspension previously after retired federal judge Sue Robinson ruled that he had broken the league's personal conduct policy.
Who is Deshaun Watson?
Born on September 14, 1995, Watson has a degree in Communication from Clemson. He also led his team in Clemson, where he played college football, to a national championship win in 2016.
Watson was selected in the 2017 NFL Draft first round and was the 12th overall pick by the Houston Texans.
After a productive rookie outing, his season was cut short due to an injury. In 2018-2019 he guided the Texans to successive division titles and was named the 'Rook'. He also led the league in passing yards during 2020. Being Texans' primary starter, he got Pro Bowl honors in each of his three seasons.
With a passing rate of over 100, Watson is one of four NFL quarterbacks to achieve this feat.
In the Heisman trophy, Watson got a third-place finish due to his 2015 accomplishments for Clemson. In Clemson football history, it is their best finish ever.
The same year, he was given the Davey O'Brien Award, which is awarded annually to the best college quarterback. The following season, he won many more awards, making him the only second player to achieve this feat. In 2015, he was named the ACC Player of the Year and ACC Offensive Player of the Year.
Besides these, he is also the winner of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and was the first person to win the Manning Award twice.
The Houston Texans acquired the services of Watson and signed him on a four-year deal, $13.84 million contract featuring an $8.21 million signing bonus on May 12, 2017.
After becoming the second Texan quarterback to get this kind of amount, he was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team. Watson peaked in 2019 by displaying his best performance in his professional career - he finished the regular season with a career-high 4,165 passing yards, 26 touchdowns, nine interceptions, 551 rushing yards, and five rushing touchdowns.
He was also named to his first Pro Bowl and replaced Tom Brady on January 21, 2019.