Former Clemson and current Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson led the Tigers to unprecedented heights during his three years at the school.
In a recent article for The Players’ Tribune, Watson spoke glowingly about his time at Clemson and head coach Dabo Swinney, and went so far as to call committing to Clemson “the best decision I ever made.”
I committed to Clemson — which was the best decision I ever made — and worked hard to graduate high school a semester early so I could get to campus as soon as possible and have a chance to play as a freshman.
The decision to start Watson was certainly among the best decisions Dabo Swinney ever made.
— TigerNet.com (@ClemsonTigerNet) December 13, 2018
Watson led the Tigers to back-to-back College Football Playoff appearances, making the National Championship Game both times.
The Tigers lost the 2015 edition of the tournament against Alabama, but won the rematch in 2016, securing their first national title since 1981.
After his junior year, Watson declared for the NFL and was drafted by the No. 12 overall by the Houston Texans in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Watson’s rookie year was ultimately shortened by injury, but not before he threw for 19 TDs and nearly 1,700 passing yards in just seven games.