|No. 82 New Orleans Saints|
|Date of birth:||December 18, 1980|
|Place of birth:||Norfolk, Virginia|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||255 lb (116 kg)|
|High school:||Rock Hill (SC) Northwestern|
|NFL draft:||2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 32|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
|Stats at NFL.com|
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.
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.
- 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.
New England Patriots
Watson entered the league after scoring a 48 on his Wonderlic Test. 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. He nabbed a career-best six touchdown passes in the Patriots' undefeated 2007 campaign, third best on the team.
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
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.
- "For Saints tight end Watson, family, faith come first".
- "Unpackin’ It — Benjamin Watson".