Benjamin Watson

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Benjamin Watson
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No. 82 New Orleans Saints
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-12-18) December 18, 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth: Norfolk, Virginia
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school: Rock Hill (SC) Northwestern
College: Georgia
NFL draft: 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 32
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 9, 2015
Receptions: 403
Receiving yards: 4,670
Receiving touchdowns: 35
Stats at

Benjamin Watson (born December 18, 1980) is an American football tight end for the New Orleans Saints. He was drafted by the New England Patriots 32nd overall in the 2004 NFL draft. He played college football at Georgia.

Watson has also played for the Cleveland Browns.

Early years[edit]

Watson attended Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and was a letterman in football and track. In football, as a senior, he caught 31 passes for 515 yards. The two-time All-Region selection and Northwestern HS Student of the Year led his team to the state championship in his junior season. He was also a member of his high school chapter of The Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

In track & field, Watson was a standout sprinter, recording personal-best times of 22.37 seconds in the 200 meters and 50.03 seconds in the 400 meters.[1]

College career[edit]

Watson played football at Duke University prior to transferring to the University of Georgia where he majored in finance. In 3 seasons at Georgia he had 65 catches for 852 yards and 6 TD.

  • 2001 (Georgia): 11 catches for 187 yards with 1 TD.
  • 2002 (Georgia): 31 catches for 341 yards with 3 TD.
  • 2003 (Georgia): 23 catches for 324 yards with 2 TD.

Professional career[edit]

New England Patriots[edit]

Watson with the Patriots in 2009

Watson entered the league after scoring a 48 on his Wonderlic Test.[2] That is tied for third highest score ever in the NFL. He was drafted by the New England Patriots 32nd overall in the 2004 NFL draft. He was on the injured list for almost his entire rookie season for the Patriots, playing in only one game. Watson received a Super Bowl ring following the Patriots' win over the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX.

He continued to battle injuries throughout his stint in New England, starting just 47 games in six seasons with the team.[2] He nabbed a career-best six touchdown passes in the Patriots' undefeated 2007 campaign, third best on the team.[3]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

Watson (far left) in Browns training camp in 2012

On March 12, 2010, Watson signed a three-year deal with the Cleveland Browns, reuniting him with former Patriots assistant coach, Eric Mangini. In the 2010 season, Watson led the Browns in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns (tied with Brian Robiskie).

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On March 18, 2013, Watson agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the New Orleans Saints.[4] In 2015 he was elected as one of the offensive team captains (along with Drew Brees and Zach Strief).[5] On October 15, 2015 he had one of the best games of his career, catching 10 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown as the Saints beat Atlanta in a nationally televised Thursday Night Football game.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Watson is married to Kirsten Watson. Watson has five children: Grace, Naomi, Isaiah, Judah and Eden, who was born in August. [7] Watson is a Christian.[8]

Benjamin has a younger brother, Asa, who was signed by the New England Patriots on May 10, 2014.

Following the events in Ferguson, Missouri, Watson was noted for his phrase "It's not a skin problem, it's a sin problem", which he coined in a Facebook post on the matter.


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