ANDERSON, S.C. — When Ben Boulware heard what happened to his former quarterback Deshaun Watson on Friday at a Tuscaloosa, Ala., bar, he just shook his head and thought, “That was crazy!”
In case you missed it, Watson went into Innisfree Irish Pub and tried to grab a bite to eat with some friends. Instead he was harassed and basically forced to leave by Alabama fans, and allegedly a couple of Alabama football players, too, who maybe take football a little too serious than they should.
At least that is the way, Boulware sees it.
“People just get so caught up in it … it’s a game,” said Boulware who was in his hometown of Anderson on Saturday signing pictures and footballs at the Anderson Mall. “He just played football. It did nothing to your program so I don’t know. People just kind of get caught up in their team and in the rivalries too much. He was just trying to eat some hot wings. He was just trying to eat some bar food.”
However, as a former BMX driver and guy who still enjoys participating in extreme sports activities, Boulware was surprised to see Watson go into the teeth of the Alabama fan base.
“It was definitely a risky move going to Alabama and in the heart of Alabama right in front of their stadium,” the former Clemson linebacker said. “I know Alabama fans are a different breed in Alabama. I don’t know if I would have done that, but you are kind of asking for it.”
It’s easy to see Boulware’s point of view. Watson is the guy who has embarrassed the Crimson Tide the last two years, totaling 941 yards and eight touchdowns in the two meetings, including a national championship game record 420 passing yards and three touchdowns in the Tigers’ 35-31 victory over the Crimson Tide this past January. He also ran for a score and totaled 463 yards overall.
Watson had a record 478 total yards and four touchdown passes in the 2016 National Championship Game to conclude the 2015 season.
“So it does get a little wild. It is what it is,” Boulware said. “He is kind of asking for it going to the heart of Alabama. You are going to find some crazy Alabama fans.”
Or in this case, they found Watson.
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