Texans veteran leader voices support for Watson

Texans veteran leader voices support for Watson

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Texans veteran leader voices support for Watson

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One of the leaders of the Houston Texans’ football team, and a leader in the Houston community, voiced his support for Deshaun Watson on Friday at the Texans’ training camp.

Whitney Mercilus, who has played for the Texans since he was drafted by the franchise in the first round in 2012, had Watson’s back when asked about his teammate’s legal issues and the 22 civil lawsuits he is facing alleging sexual assault or misconduct.

“With Deshaun, that’s my guy, love him to death,” Mercilius said of the former Clemson star quarterback. “Hate what’s happened to him. Praying for him every day, honestly. Everything is gonna sort itself out. God got it and I know that for a fact.”

Mercilus, a widely respected individual, was chosen as the 2018 NFL Houston Texans Man of the Year nominee for his work on and off the field. In 2016, he launched The WithMerci Foundation, which advocates services and support for families of children with disabilities and special needs. To date, Mercilus and the WithMerci Foundation have donated over $325,000 to advocate services for families of children with disabilities and academic programs servicing the special needs population.

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