Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is using his offseason to do more than rest and train. Watson took a trip to Israel and was baptized last week in the Jordan River.
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The trip was sponsored by a nonprofit group called America’s Voices, which organizes week-long missions to Israel for African-American and Latino celebrities, politicians and religious leaders. In addition to getting baptized, Watson toured the ancient city of Shiloh.
“This is a part of the world which gets a lot of attention internationally, and this is a chance for me to look beyond the headlines and learn more about the history and culture of this land,” Watson said in a statement. “I have been blessed to visit many countries around the world, but the chance to visit the Holy Land, see the sites and meet the people of this special place, truly is a special blessing and an amazing opportunity.”
“In America, Israel is sometimes presented in a negative sense of fear and terror, but when you come here you realize how wrong it is,” Watson said during his visit. “It’s fun to see the beautiful country with wonderful people who have an amazing attitude towards us. I fell in love with you.”
Watson, 23, has been a follower of Christ since ninth grade, and he turned to God to help him decide where to play college ball. He chose Clemson, which he led to a national championship in 2017 (following the 2016 season). Watson was then drafted 12th overall by the Texans in 2017.
He’s entering his third year in the NFL, and threw for 4,165 yards and 26 touchdowns while leading Houston to an 11-5 record last season. The Texans reached the playoffs and Watson was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time.
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