Before his game on Sunday, Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson tweeted Galatians 6:9, which says, “And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (ASV). The verse might not be referring to an NFL football season, but Watson sure seems to be reaping the fruit of his patience.
A first-round draft pick out of Clemson in 2017 (No. 12 overall), Watson played only seven games as a rookie before a torn ACL sabotaged his season. He returned to start all 16 games for Houston last year, when he helped the Texans into the playoffs and earned a Pro Bowl invite as an injury replacement.
On Sunday, the 24-year-old rising star turned in the finest game of his career. The Texans’ 53-32 domination of the Atlanta was led by an all-time great single-game performance by Watson, who became the first player in NFL history to throw for at least 400 yards and five touchdowns with five incompletions or fewer. He finished with 426 passing yards on 28-of-33 passing, including no interceptions and a perfect 158.3 passer rating.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) October 6, 2019
The first player in NFL history to pass for at least 400 yards and five TDs with five-or-fewer incompletions in a single game.
DW4's cleats are headed to Canton. pic.twitter.com/W1N4ChpZj2
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) October 7, 2019
It was also Watson’s first time competing against the team that had, years earlier, been his introduction to professional sports. Through the Boys and Girls Club of America, Watson was a ball boy for the Falcons, and was able to observe Matt Ryan and Julio Jones up close, even getting a chance to occasionally throw to the Falcons’ receivers.
“I did everything,” Watson told the Houston Chronicle. “I threw to all the receivers, threw with Matt Ryan, watched him throw. I was there for four years and got the whole experience. It was awesome to be able to watch everything, watch the practices and learn.”
Last week, after hearing about a high school student who saved a mother and child during a Houston flood, Watson met with the high schooler before the Texans’ game against Carolina:
What it’s all about. pic.twitter.com/faEjFu4peo
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) September 29, 2019
Throughout his rise to stardom, Watson has openly talked about his faith in Jesus Christ and how it is the center of all that he is as a person. During the past offseason, he was baptized in the Jordan River during a trip to Israel, and he has “Glory to God” tattooed on his right throwing arm.
Watson’s faith has been fueled by the perseverance his mom showed in battling tongue cancer.
“Just the strength she has,” Watson told The Courier in 2017. “It drew me closer to faith. (My faith) is very big. It gets me through life. The good times and the bad.”
— Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson baptized in Jordan River during trip to Israel
— Deshaun Watson donates first game check to employees affected by Hurricane Harvey
— High school football player Jayden Payne saves ‘two of God’s children’ during Houston flood