The NFL is a major topic of controversy these days. There is not a news source in America who isn’t reporting about the protests taking place across the league. Many fans have taken the protests personally and have sworn off football until things change. Some fans have even taken to social media to express their outrage by burning their favorite teams memorabilia. Longtime fans are sick and tired of the entitled NFL players whining about the injustices they face on a daily basis. How bad can their life be when most of the players make millions of dollars in endorsements and are given whatever they desire for free simply for being gifted at a sport.
While the rest of the NFL is protesting America and everything it stands for, there is one man who recently joined the league after winning the College championship football game. That man is Deshaun Watson. Watson has always been a stand-up guy and tries to be a good man in every area of his life. Watson was drafted by the Houston Texans and decided to do what no other player would ever imagine doing. He actually donated his very first paycheck to the team cafeteria workers. That’s one hell of a guy.
In a video shared by the team, he told the women: “For what you all do for us every day and never complain, I really appreciate you all. So I wanted to give my first game check to y’all to help y’all out in some type of way.”
The women became emotional when he handed them an envelope with a red ribbon and one asked for a hug. He quickly obliged with a big grin.
The former Clemson star told them: “Hopefully, that’s good and that can get you back on your feet. And anything else y’all need, I’m always here to help.”
Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson donated his first game check to three women who work in the NRG Stadium cafeteria and who were especially affected by the flooding from Hurricane Harvey.
“For what you all do for us every day and never complain, I really appreciate you all, so I wanted to give my first game check to y’all to help y’all out in some type of way,” Watson told the woman in a video shared by the Texans. “Here you guys go.”
Watson, who has a base salary of $465,000, donated a check for $27,353.
He walked into the cafeteria with envelopes wrapped in ribbon and said, “Hopefully, that’s good and that can get you back on your feet. And anything else y’all need, I’m always here to help.”
Watson has been on the receiving end of a similar kindness in the past, as he and his family were once recipients of a house built by Habitat for Humanity.
“A lot of the people who work so hard for us behind the scenes, especially the people in the cafeteria, I mean, they’re here at 4:30 in the morning,” said coach Bill O’Brien. “And some of those people in Harvey, they lost everything. A number of our players donated money to help them, and he gave his game check, which is incredible.
“That’s the type of guy he is. He’s a first-class guy.”
Watson has a very bright future one way or another. The rookie quarterback is going to gain a lot of fans for his decision to give away his first paycheck. After all, there will be plenty more where that came from, and if he succeeds in the NFL, the sky is the limit for this young man. Perhaps more NFL players should follow Watson’s lead and make a positive change in someone’s life instead of acting entitled and protesting on the field.
There are still a good many people in the NFL and although the kneeling controversy is front and center in most people’s minds, it’s nice to see there are still some good deeds being done out there. What do you think about Watson and what he did?