Spring 2021 Magazine

Deshaun Watson led by faith in helping Houston Texans to five straight wins

Deshaun Watson burst onto the scene in his rookie year of 2017, winning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for October. Unfortunately, his rookie season came to an end after suffering a torn knee ligament in an early November practice.

This year, he was determined to make it back and in Week 1 against New England, Watson was there under center starting for the Texans. But the season didn’t start off as planned. Houston lost its first three games, and its second-year leader was struggling to find consistency.

But a trip to Indianapolis in Week 4 sparked Watson, who threw for 375 yards and two touchdowns, giving Houston its first win of the season, 37-34 in overtime.

And the Texans haven’t lost since.

On Thursday night, Houston beat Miami, 42-33, to win its fifth straight game. Watson played a spectacular game, going 16-of-20 for 239 yards, and tying a career high with five touchdown passes.

On the season, he’s thrown for 2,176 yards and 15 touchdowns with a 64.4 completion percentage.

Watson, a believer in Jesus Christ, has openly talked about his faith and how it was fueled by the strength his mom showed in battling tongue cancer.

“Just the strength she has,” Watson told The Courier. “It drew me closer to faith. (My faith) is very big. It gets me through life. The good times and the bad.”

In 2015, he posted on Twitter a message about where his loyalty is found:

Watson and the Texans take their five-game winning streak to Denver on Nov. 4 to face the Broncos.

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