Deshaun Watson: What Comes Around Goes Around
Deshaun Watson, the quarterback for the Houston Texans knows what a little kindness from strangers can do to change someone’s life. When he was younger, he and his family were the recipients of a home through Habitat for Humanity. So when he was given the chance to do some good himself, he made the most of it.
Watson is a rookie making a base salary of $465,000 this year. That’s a lot of money, and he understands that. He walked into the NRG Stadium in Houston where the Texans play with three ribbon-wrapped envelopes containing a total of $27, 353 – his first game check, and handed those envelopes to three of the cafeteria workers whose lives were forever altered by the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.
In a video shared by the Texans, Watson tells them “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. Here you guys go.” This, of course, brought these ladies to tears, and they hugged him. His response to that was “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.”
This is the type of story regarding the NFL that I for one would like to see more of. There’s far too much negativity associated with the NFL lately, and this is like seeing a flower blooming in an abandoned lot. It’s a sign that despite everything that has been happening there are still good people willing to do good things for others because they understand and realize that a rising tide lifts all boats. Will that $9,000 or so dollars each of them received fix all of their problems? Of course not. But it will have a significant impact. But that isn’t the point; the point is the gesture itself. When you hear of so many athletes taking their money and spending it on luxuries like custom cars or jewelry or something frivolous, something like this really warms your heart.
Even though I am a Raiders fan, I’ll be rooting for Watson this year as well.