Kenny Watson

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This article is about the American football player. For the Scottish association football player, see Kenny Watson (footballer).
Kenny Watson
Kenny Watson.jpg
Watson with the Cincinnati Bengals
No. 32, 33
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-03-13) March 13, 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
College: Penn State
Undrafted in 2001
Debuted in 2002 for the Washington Redskins
Last played in 2008 for the Cincinnati Bengals
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • 1x NFL FedEx Ground Player of the Week
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards 1,651
Rushing average 4.6
Rushing TDs 9
Stats at NFL.com

Kenneth Dwight Watson (born March 13, 1978) is a former American football running back. He was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2001. He played college football at Penn State.

Watson has also played for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Early years[edit]

Watson attended Harrisburg High School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and was a letterman in football, basketball, and track. In football, he was a prep All-American and an Associated Press all-state pick in 1995. In his senior season, he ran for 1,495 yards and 23 touchdowns. A fter his senior football season, he participated in the 1996 Big 33 game.

College career[edit]

Watson was a multi-purpose player at Penn State, playing tailback, wide receiver and kick returner. He was part of the Penn State's infamous "running back by committee" during his senior season, sharing carries with future NFLers Larry Johnson, Omar Easy, and Eric McCoo. He holds two Penn State records: career kickoff returns (67) and career kickoff yardage (1,506 yards). His record for single-season kickoff yardage (522 yards) was broken in 2007 by A. J. Wallace with 581 yards.

Professional career[edit]

Washington Redskins[edit]

Watson signed with Washington in 2001 as rookie free agent. In 2002, he played in all 12 games for the Redskins, mostly in relief of injured Stephen Davis, finishing second on the team in rushing with 116 carries for 534 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He spent the 2003 preseason with Washington, but was released in final roster cuts on August 31.

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Watson (left) observes a coin toss during a 2004 game.

Watson then signed with the Bengals as a free agent on September 30, 2004 and played in eight games, mostly on special teams that season.

By the 2004 season, Watson had found his niche as an effective 3rd-down threat. He led Bengals running backs in receiving with 24 catches for 162 yards. His lone touchdown that season was quarterback Carson Palmer's first career touchdown pass on September 12 versus the New York Jets. Watson suffered a season-ending biceps injury in the 2005 season opener and was placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season. He signed a one-year contract with the Bengals during the 2006 offseason and extended his contract three more years in March 2007.

Watson saw significant playing time in 2007 due to injuries to starters Rudi Johnson and Kenny Irons. Watson led the NFL in rushing, week 7 versus the New York Jets, with three touchdowns and 130 yards on 31 carries.[1]

In 2008, Watson saw action in the Bengals' first three regular season games, rushing seven times for 32 yards and catching two passes for three yards. He was inactive during Week 4 against the Cleveland Browns. The following week, the Bengals released Watson on October 4 to make room for wide receiver Chris Henry, who was coming off suspension. He was re-signed on October 7.

Watson was released by the Bengals on August 10, 2009.

Personal[edit]

Watson lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He is active with charitable causes such as Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Toys for Tots and the C.A.R.E.S. program for autism. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Arts from Penn State in 2000.

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