High School Football Career
Benjamin Watson attend Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina. As a senior he caught 31 passes for 515 yards and five touchdowns. Also in his senior year he was named to the South Carolina All State team.
College Football Career
In 1999 Watson attended Duke University and played football for Duke but transferred himself in 2000 to the University of Georgia. At Georgia he established himself as one of college football most athletic tight ends. In his total career at the University of Georgia (2001 -2004, he was forced to sit out 2000 in accordance with NCAA rules for switching schools) he had 73 receptions for 945 yards and seven touchdowns. At Georgia, Watson majored in finance.
In 2004 the New England Patriots drafted Benjamin Watson in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He was not expected to be picked in the first round and was thought to at the highest have middle second round value so the selection took many sports columnist and draft experts by surprise. Because Watson and the Patriots couldn't work out a deal before training camp started, Ben ended up holding out of coming to training camp until August 16, 2004 when he ended his 18-day holdout and agreed to a six-year 13.5 million dollar deal. Watson started the first game of the regular season vs the Indianapolis Colts and had 2 receptions for 16 yards in the first half but was injured in the game and later was put on the injure reserved list for the rest of the 2004 season.
The 2005 season was a better year for Watson as he successfully returned from an keen injury and played in 15 games and started 9. His total regular season statics for 2005 were 29 receptions for 441 yards and 4 touchdowns. His best week came in week nine vs the Miami Dolphins when he caught three passes for 37 yards and two touchdowns. His second touchdown was an amazing driving catch just on the edge of the endzone. That touchdown put the Patriots four points ahead with under two minutes left in the game. He finished the 2005 season with total of 37 passes caught for 441 yards and 4 touchdowns. In the postseason Wildcard weekend game vs the Jacksonville Jaguars Watson an great game with 5 receptions for 91 yards and 1 touchdown. He also had an amazing catch and run on a screen play for 63 yards in the second half. The Patriots won the game 28 to 3.... The next week in the Divisional Playoff game matchup with the Denver Broncos, Watson didn't catch a pass but he did almost make perhaps what could have been one of the top plays in NFL history. With the Patriots trailing by four points and at the Denver 7 yard line New England quarterback Tom Brady was intercepted by Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey. While Bailey (one of the fastest players in the NFL) ran back the interception Watson started chasing him starting about 35 yards behind. At about the three yard line Watson amazingly caught up with Bailey and forced him to fumble the football. The football appeared to roll into and out of the endzone (in which case would have been a Denver touchback and the Patriots football) but there wasn't clear proof on film that the ball did in fact go into and roll out of the endzone so Bailey was ruled out of bounds at the one yard line and the Broncos scored a touchdown on the next play. The Patriots ended up losing the game 13 to 27.
In 2006 with the loss of both of the Patriots top two receivers (Deion Branch and David Givens) Watson assumed the role of number one target of Tom Brady. He carried the burden quite well. Although he missed the last three games of the 2006 season, Watson started 13 out of the 13 games that he played in. In those games he compiled 49 receptions for 643 and 3 touchdowns. In the 2006 postseason he caught 10 passes for 81 yards. He is currently under contract until the year 2010 with the Patriots.
On March 3, 2007 Ben Watson and three other NFL players embarked on a 13-day USO tour to meet and entertain United States armed forces in Kuwait, Iraq and Kyrgyzstan. Watson after the trip was completed described it as life changing experience.
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