Early End To A Would Be Stellar Season For Deshaun Watson
Coming into the NFL, Deshaun Watson was a wonder sensation. Just this year, he was signed by the Houston Texans as a rookie and within two games had risen to become the starting quarterback for the Texans. In the past 9 weeks of his first NFL season, he has proven that he has what it takes to be a leader. Watson, who is currently ranked number 1 in Total QBR(81.9), Passing TDs(19), and Rushing Yards(269), was almost instantly regarded as one of the best, that is, until the "Grim Reaper of sports" turned his way.
Injuries are the Achilles heel of sports, and on Thursday, November 2nd, Watson was faced with one of the worst.
During a regular day practice, sources say Deshaun went down during a non-contact running play. Trainers helped him off the field and after a few short tests and an MRI, it was confirmed that Deshaun Watson had torn his right knee ACL. Deshaun, who was leading the NFL in passing touchdowns, has now been deemed unable to play for the rest of the year and is facing 8-9 months of rehabilitation in preparation for a hopeful return in the 2018-2019 season.
As unfortunate as it may sound, this is not the first time that Mr. Watson has been in this kind of situation. During his time with Clemson he tore his left ACL. Despite the physical and mental withdrawals that come with such injuries, once Deshaun recovered, he returned to Clemson and led the team to two National Championship games and one National Championship title. His former Clemson coach, Dabo Swinney, had this to say about Watson's current predicament:
"I talked to Deshaun late this afternoon and we are disappointed . . . But he is a person who has had some setbacks in his life and always comes back stronger. Since he went through the rehab [for a torn ACL] before, he knows what it takes."
Coach Swinney is not the only one who is optimistic about Watson's ACL injury. Teammates and different players from across the world of sports have reached out showing their support for the young star quarterback.
It is no secret that both the Texans and Watson have a long year ahead of them. As the Texans scrabble to replace their prize quarterback, Deshaun faces months of recovery to get back to where he left off; starting QB.