It wasn’t even about the money, Watson explained.
“It’s life-changing, it’s great, but the biggest thing is for the McNair family, OB (O’Brien), Jack (Easterby) to just trust in me, and believe in me, that I’m their guy, I’m their quarterback is the biggest thing that really touches me,” Watson said. “Growing up where I’m from, there’s not too many people that make it out.”
The instability that Watson experienced in his childhood, from living in subsidized housing to dealing with his mother’s cancer diagnosis, had the star quarterback seeking the opposite in his football career. He was committed to every program he played in, leading the Red Elephants to their first state championship and Clemson to a national title in his final collegiate season.
With a long-term future in Houston, Watson now has his sights set on Super Bowl championship for the Texans.
“I don’t like a lot of change,” Watson said. “Growing up, sticking with Gainesville, that’s all I knew. Clemson – committed as a 14-year-old to Dabo Swinney. That’s what I am. Committed to the Houston Texans, the McNair family, Coach OB, Jack (Easterby), all my teammates, I’m committed here. I don’t like a lot of change so once I was drafted here, I said to myself that I want to be in Houston as my next home. Houston is my foundation, it’s my home.”