Watson with the Cincinnati Bengals
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|Born:||March 13, 1978|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||220 lb (100 kg)|
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Kenneth Dwight Watson (born March 13, 1978) is a former American football running back in the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2001. He played college football at Penn State.
Watson also played for the Cincinnati Bengals.
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. After his senior football season, he participated in the 1996 Big 33 game.
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.
Watson signed with the Washington Redskins in 2001 as rookie free agent. In 2002, he played in all 16 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.
Watson then signed with the Cincinnati 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.
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.
Watson lives in Northern Kentucky with his two children. His wife passed away on January 10th, 2019 of unknown causes. 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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