GREENVIILE, S.C. — Giving back is something Deshaun Watson wants to do as often as he can. On Saturday in Clemson, he hosted a youth football camp, and then later in Greenville he was singing autographs for free at the Maserati Dealership off Laurens Road.
It was the last two events the former Clemson star and national champion completed before heading back to West Virginia on Tuesday to join the rest of his Houston Texan teammates for training camp at The Greenbrier.
“It is always good to give back and just celebrate with (Clemson fans) and show them that I have love for them, too, like they have love for me and support me,” Watson said. “So it is always cool to come back to the community, especially the Clemson community and show them love.”
The Clemson community will always show Watson love after he led the Tigers to their first national championship in 35 years this past January. He also helped the Tigers win two ACC Championships, an Orange Bowl victory over Oklahoma and a Fiesta Bowl win over Ohio State.
Watson was also a two-time All-American, a two-time Heisman Trophy Finalist, a two-time Davey O’Brien Award winner, a two-time Manning Award winner as well as a two-time ACC Athlete of the Year, the 2015 ACC Player of the Year, plus multiple conference and bowl MVP honors.
However, Watson says he will never forget winning the national championship because he knows how much it means to Clemson and its fan base.
“It still kind of hits me every day, especially when I come back for events and hang out with the community,” he said. “So many people look up to me, and not just me, but the whole university so it is a cool thing to have and it is a blessing so I want to make sure I continue to do that.”
Though he will be trying to win the starting quarterback job at Houston, Watson plans to keep up with the Tigers and his old teammates from afar. Like all Clemson fans, he expects the Tigers to continue to do big things in 2017 even though he has moved on to the NFL.
“I have high expectations for them,” he said. “Of course, another run at an ACC Championship, another run at the College Football Playoff and then we will go from there.”
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