The Houston Texans signed QB Deshaun Watson to a contract extension, the team announced today. He is now under contract through the 2025 season.
Watson, 24, is the only player in NFL history to record consecutive seasons (2018-19) with at least 25 passing touchdowns and five rushing touchdowns and has already tied Hall of Famer Steve Young (1994, 1998) for the most such seasons in NFL history. The two-time Pro Bowler led Houston to the AFC Divisional Round for the first time since 2016 while becoming the first player in franchise history to win three Player of the Week awards in the same season. Watson owns 9,716 passing yards, 71 passing touchdowns, 1,233 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns in 38 career games and Houston is 24-13 with him as the starter. The Texans traded up to the 12th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft to select Watson after he guided Clemson to consecutive College Football Playoff appearances and a National Championship victory in 2017 as the game's offensive MVP.
In 2018, Watson became the only quarterback in NFL history to record at least 4,000 passing yards, 25 passing touchdowns, 500 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns in a single season. He posted a franchise-record 103.1 passer rating while leading the Texans to the first of two consecutive AFC South championships. Houston has strung together 21 wins over the past two seasons (2018-19), which marks the second-most in a two-year span in franchise history (22 from 2011-12). As a rookie in 2017, Watson set NFL records for the most passing touchdowns (19) through a player's first seven career games and the most passing touchdowns (18 in Weeks 3-8) by a rookie over any five-game span.
Watson established The Deshaun Watson Foundation in 2019, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to education, health, housing and other charitable causes to support families and youth in underserved communities. He has also developed a strong relationship with Pro-Vision Academy in the Sunnyside Community of Houston, gifting 20 tickets per home game, organizing a Halloween party for students and donating 500 backpacks full of school supplies. Watson has supported organizations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Houston Texans YMCA. In 2017, Watson donated his first game check to three cafeteria workers at NRG Stadium who were affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Watson's book titled 'Pass It On' will be released on September 8. The book illustrates his upbringing in Gainesville, Ga., servant leadership and the core values that led him to be a successful person on and off the field.