NEW YORK — As can be expected, Saturday was a hectic day for Deshaun Watson and the other two Heisman Finalist in New York. They were dragged around from one media engagement to another, while also having to attend other Heisman events in the world’s largest city.
But before they had to meet with the media just a few hours before attending the Presentation Ceremony at 8 p.m. at the Downtown Athletic Club, Watson, along with Alabama running back Derrick Henry and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, where given three hours to relax as they get set for the whirlwind the night will bring.
Not one to sit around for too long, Watson went for a walk around New York and did a little shopping while he was at it.
“I just wanted to enjoy it,” Watson said. “It is my first time here, too. I’m just soaking it all in and I’m just trying to have has much fun as I can and try to experience everything.”
That’s why win or lose Watson says he has already won. He says experiencing the Heisman Experience with Henry and McCaffrey has been the best part of it all.
“Just experiencing this and hanging out with these guys, and seeing the bright lights and the big buildings … just having fun with all the guys,” Clemson’s quarterback said. “Being away from football just a little bit, and enjoying life. This is what we have been working for and what we have dreamed about. Now we are here so why not have fun and celebrate it.”
Watson said he and his mother Deann went on a tour Friday night and rode around the entire city, while seeing all the different kinds of people who live and visit New York. He said they went to the usual places a first-time visitor to New York will go – Rockfeller Plaza, Central Park, the Empire State Building, etc.
“That’s probably the biggest thing. I’m in New York with my mom and I’m just having fun,” Watson said.