Born on September 14, 1995, Derrick Deshaun Watson is an American football quarterback. He plays in the National Football League (NFL) for the Houston Texans. Watson led his Clemson team, where he played college football, to a national championship win in 2016. He has a degree in Communication from Clemson.
In the 2017 NFL Draft, he was selected in the first round and was 12th overall pick by the Houston Texans. He had a productive rookie season but unfortunately it was forced to cut short due to injury. Between 2018 and 2019, Watson guided the Texans to consecutive division titles. Nicknamed the ‘Rook’, he also led the league in passing yards during 2020. As Houston's primary starter, he received Pro Bowl honors in each of his three seasons. With a career passer rating over 100, Watson is one of four NFL quarterbacks to achieve this feat.
Watson earned a third-place finish in Heisman Trophy voting due to his 2015 accomplishments for Clemson. It is the best finish in Clemson football history. In the same sophomore year, he also won the Davey O'Brien Award, which is awarded annually to the best college quarterback. He also won the award the following season, making him the second player to achieve this feat. In 2015, he was also named the ACC Player of the Year and ACC Offensive Player of the Year. He has also won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and was the first repeat winner of the Manning Award.
The Texans signed Watson to a four-year, $13.84 million contract featuring an $8.21 million signing bonus on May 12, 2017. He became the second Texan quarterback to receive this award as he was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team. 2019 saw Watson’s best performance in his professional career, as 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 named to his first Pro Bowl, replacing the Super Bowl bound Tom Brady on January 21, 2019. As for the 2020 season, Watson led the NFL in passing yards, making him the first player on a team with at least 12 losses, to lead the league in passing yards.