On his 22nd birthday Thursday night, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson made his first start as an NFL quarterback, leading his team to a 13-9 win on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The former Clemson quarterback, who led his team to a thrilling last-second National Championship victory over Alabama back in January, impressed in his debut with 192 combined yards of offense both passing and rushing.
But it was his speed and elusiveness that impressed both fans and players alike in the second quarter, when Watson took a snap and rolled right, dodging a few defenders and taking it 49 yards for the rushing touchdown.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) September 15, 2017
Watson’s dazzling touchdown proved to be the game-winner for Houston and immediately after the score, twitter went crazy with reaction.
— Dak Prescott (@dak) September 15, 2017
And…that's what you get from @deshaunwatson! #ItFactor#BigPlayCapability
— Ronnie Brown (@ronnie23brown) September 15, 2017
Ok Deshaun…welcome to the League.
— JAY RICHARDSON (@JayRichardson99) September 15, 2017
— Scott Hanson (@ScottHanson) September 15, 2017
Then watching the rookie Michael Vick his way to the end zone ? #HOUvsCIN
— Mike Daniels (@Mike_Daniels76) September 15, 2017
Watson, a believer in Jesus Christ, has openly talked about his faith and how it is the center of all that he is as a person.
“It’s very big,” Watson said of his faith at Woodlands Church . “It gets me through life. The good times and the bad.”
My loyalty is to Jesus Christ!
— Deshaun Watson (@deshaunwatson) March 1, 2015
As sports fans, we’re looking forward to seeing where Deshaun Watson’s career heads, but one thing is for sure, his life and trust and hope isn’t found in football, it is found in Jesus Christ.
For more on Watson, listen to our podcast interview with his former teammate at Clemson, Hunter Renfrow.