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30 Little Known Facts About Deshaun Watson You Might Have Missed Before

Deshaun Watson
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Deshaun Watson, one of the finest quarterbacks in the NFL, is famous for his game mixed with risks and restraints. With his unique style of playing, that he has been fine tuning since his rookie season, he has etched his name in the NFL records book as well as that off the Houston Texans. He is the first player in NFL history to have 4,000+ passing yards, 25+ passing touchdowns, 500+ rushing yards and 5 rushing touchdowns in a single season. In fact, he is also the first player in NFL history to pass for 400+ yards, throw 4+ TD passes, and rush for 50+ yards in a single game. Here are some really interesting facts about the player you may have missed before:

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  1.  He holds the NFL record for highest career completion percentage with 67.8% and as well as the record for most completions with a perfect passer rating of 28.
  2.  In the year 2017, Watson donated his first NFL game check of approximately $27,000 to three NRG Stadium cafeteria employees affected by Hurricane Harvey.
  3.  During the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship game, he set the record for most total yards in national championship game history, with 478 yards.
  4.  Watson rushed for over 1,000 yards to complete his true sophomore season, becoming the first player to accomplish this feat in the history of college football.
  5.  On April 28, 2020, the Texans exercised the fifth-year option on Watson's contract. He signed a four-year, $177.5 million contract extension with $111 million in guarantees, keeping him under contract through the 2025 season, marking the second-most lucrative contract in NFL history.
  6.  Derrick Deshaun Watson was born on September 14, 1995 to Don Richardson and Deann Watson in Gainesville, Georgia.
  7.  From the fall of 2010, he attended Gainesville High School, where he played for the school’s Red Elephants football team.
  8.  He eventually became the Gainesville’s head coach Bruce Miller’s first ever freshman starting quarterback, having won the starting spot.
  9.  In his high-school career, he has set numerous state records, including total yards (17,134), total touchdowns (218), career passing yards (13,077) and career passing touchdowns (155).
  10.  In his junior year, he won a state championship, and other accolades such as Junior All-American, 2014 Player to Watch and 2014 Top 100 Recruit.
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  12.  Watson led the Gainesville to the state semifinals, during both his sophomore and senior years. Following this, he received several offers from various colleges.
  13.  He was ranked as the top quarterback recruit for the 2014 class by ESPN 300. He verbally committed to Clemson University on February 1, 2012, before enrolling in January 2014.
  14.  He wore #4, in his high school career, but that number had been retired at Clemson following the graduation of quarterback Steve Fuller. Still, Fuller allowed Watson to wear the number.
  15.  Despite entering as a backup to starter Cole Stoudt, as a true freshman, he still received extensive playing time. Through three games, he completed 29 of 41 passes for 479 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions, outperforming Stoudt.
  16.  In Watson's first career start against the North Carolina Tar Heels, he set a school record with six touchdown passes and threw for 435 yards en route to a 50–35 victory.
  17.  In his freshman year, he suffered a series of injuries, starting with a broken bone in his right hand in the first quarter of a game against the Louisville Cardinals on October 11, 2014.
  18.  Following this, he suffered an LCL strain, then a torn ACL in his left knee, for which he underwent surgery the Friday before Clemson's bowl game against Oklahoma.
  19.  In the year 2015, he led Clemson to an undefeated 12–0 regular season and a #1 ranking in the polls, after which the Tigers qualified for the ACC Championship Game, facing off against #10 North Carolina.
  20.  He threw for 289 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 131 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Tigers to a 45–37 win, which is Clemson’s first ACC championship since 2011. His performance in the game also earned him the name – ACC Championship Game MVP.
  21.  During the 2015 season, Watson was named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, marking the first time that a Clemson player had been invited to the Heisman Trophy presentation.
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  23.  In the fall of 2016, Watson became the first player since Jason White in 2003–2004 to win the Davey O'Brien Award in consecutive years.
  24.  When he declared for the NFL Draft on November 8, 2016, he was projected to be a first round pick by the majority of scouts, with ESPN, Sports Illustrated and Pro Football Focus ranking him as the top quarterback in the draft.
  25.  In the 2017 NFL Draft, he was drafted by the Houston Texans in the first round (12th overall), following their acquisition of the pick from the Cleveland Browns, trading their 25th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft and their first round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
  26.  He signed a four-year, $13.84 million contract featuring an $8.21 million signing bonus with the Texans on May 12, 2017, and made his first regular-season appearance on September 10, 2017 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
  27.  In his rookie season, his five total scores tied the NFL rookie touchdown record. He is also the first rookie to pass for at least four touchdowns and rush for one touchdown in a game since Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton did so for the Minnesota Vikings in 1961.
  28.  A Houston massage therapist filed a civil lawsuit against Watson, delivered by attorney Tony Buzbee on March 16, 2021, with claims of sexual harassment during a home visit for treatment in March 2020.
  29.  This was followed by several other massage therapists, represented by Buzbee, filing civil lawsuits against him, over sexual assault allegations. As of April 5, 2021, over 22 lawsuits were filed against Watson.
  30.  On April 7, 2021, Nike and Beats By Dre suspended their respective endorsement deals with Watson, while Reliant Energy and H-E-B have publicly stated that they have no plans to engage with Watson in the future.
  31.  He finished his 2020 season with 4,823 passing yards (the most in the NFL), 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions. By all major statistical measures, his scores were the best in franchise history.
  32.  He also became the first player to lead the league in passing yards on a team with at least 12 losses since Jeff George of the Oakland Raiders in 1997.
  33.  Deshaun Watson Net Worth: $24 Million

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