Clemson QB Watson declares 'it's my time to go' to NFL

By Bob Hille 11 January 2017 246
Clemson QB Watson declares 'it's my time to go' to NFL

Clemson quarterback DeShaun Watson confirmed he is declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft.

Watson is a candidate to be the first quarterback taken in April and did his prospects no harm on Monday by guiding Clemson to a thrilling 35-31 National Championship win over Alabama.

And, shortly after the game, Watson confirmed that absorbing contest in Tampa Bay was his last for the Tigers.

"I think it's my time to go, just kind of end it with a bang, and I felt like coach [Dabo] Swinney knew my time was up," Watson said.

"I've enjoyed, like I said, the three years, and I just wanted to sign my name and end it with an exclamation point, and I think I did that.

"Moments like this I'll never forget. Clemson was the best three years of my life, and credit me as the person I am today. 

"Through my faith, as a citizen, as a football player, as a student, I've learned so much, and it's just been special.

Asked by ESPN what he would deliver to the NFL team that picks him, Watson replied: "Whoever picks me up is gonna get a champion, not just on the field, but off the field, and just a champion at heart who'll make people around him better.

"I'm just gonna go to work, and regardless of my situation or where I go, I'm gonna play my role and do the best I can do."

Watson completed 388 of 579 passes this season for 4,593 yards and 41 touchdowns with 17 interceptions. He clinched victory over Alabama with a touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow with a second left to play.



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