Derrick Deshaun Watson, born September 14, 1995, better known as Deshaun Watson, is an American football quarterback for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He was chosen in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans.
|Full Name:||Derrick Deshaun Watson|
|Date of Birth:||September 14, 1995|
|Place of Birth:||Gainesville, Georgia|
|State of Origin:||Georgia|
|Net Worth:||$60 million|
Early Life and Education
Deshaun Watson was born into the family of Deann Watson and Don Richardson in Gainesville, Georgia where he grew up.
He started attending Gainesville High School in the fall of 2010 and was a member of the school’s football team, the Red Elephants.
To run his spread offense, Gainesville head coach Bruce Miller had intended to start a rising junior at quarterback.
However, Deshaun Watson won the job and became Miller’s first-ever freshman starting quarterback.
The state records Watson set throughout his high school career included total yards (17,134), total touchdowns (218), career passing yards (13,077), and career passing touchdowns (155).
He gained 4,057 yards and 63 scores on the ground. A state champion and recipient of awards like Junior All-American, 2014 Player to Watch, and 2014 Top 100 Recruit, Watson shined in his junior year.
In January 2014, Deshaun Watson began classes at Clemson. He wore the #4 during his high school career, but after quarterback Steve Fuller graduated, the number was retired at Clemson.
He was able to wear the number, though, thanks to Fuller. Despite being Cole Stoudt’s starter’s backup going into his true freshman season, Watson saw plenty of action.
He outperformed Stoudt through three games, completing 29 of 41 throws for 479 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions.
On September 21, Watson was selected as the Tigers’ starter.
With six touchdown passes and 435 passing yards in his first career start against the North Carolina Tar Heels, Watson led his team to a 50-35 triumph.
The Texans won consecutive division titles in 2018 and 2019, and Watson topped the league in passing yards in 2020 after having his productive debut season cut short by injury.
Additionally, during each of his three seasons as Houston’s main starter, he was recognized with Pro Bowl accolades.
He is second all-time in lifetime passer rating and has the best career completion % (minimum 1,500 attempts) of all time.
Deshaun Watson Net Worth
Deshaun Watson is an American professional football player with an estimated net worth of $60 million.
More than 20 female massage therapists have filed lawsuits against Watson since 2021, accusing him of sexual harassment and abuse.
Watson has settled 20 sexual misconduct accusations as of 2022, but he has consistently denied any wrongdoing.
He was sidelined for the whole 2021 season due to disagreements with the Texans’ head staff and numerous sexual misconduct claims, which ultimately resulted in a trade to the Cleveland Browns.
One of the most costly contracts in NFL history, Watson inked a five-year, $230 million contract in July 2022.
After moving to Houston, Watson, a Christian, decided to join the Southern Baptist Convention.
Warrick Dunn, a running back with the Atlanta Falcons, worked with Habitat for Humanity to gift a house to Watson’s family in 2006 when Watson was 11 years old.
In 2017, Watson gave three NRG Stadium cafeteria staff members who had been impacted by Hurricane Harvey his first NFL game check, which was about $27,000.
Deshaun Watson is not yet married, although he is in a relationship with his girlfriend, Jilly Anais.
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