Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson spent the past few days in Dallas, where he went to pick up his Davey O'Brien Award.
But Watson managed to squeeze plenty into his trip. He got a tour of AT&T Stadium; got to visit with former Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris; and spoke to a middle school in Fort Worth about overcoming adversity in his childhood to get to where he is now with the Tigers.
“A lot of times growing up, I wondered how I would be able to get there,” Watson said, according to the Star-Telegram. “A lot of people from where I came from didn’t make it up and be successful.
“I had to find something different … take a new path, hang around great people who would motivate me to chase my dreams. I want to do the same for others.” Later Monday, he attended a black tie dinner and got his award, given annually to the best quarterback in the country.
Morris, now coaching at SMU, was there. The two remain extremely close after Morris recruited Watson to Clemson. So close, in fact, that Watson called Morris in the early morning hours before the national championship game against Alabama because he couldn't get to sleep. To get his mind off the game, Watson wanted to talk about anything other than football.
Given his performance in that game and throughout 2015, there is a chance Watson will be back in Dallas at this time next year. As for his future NFL plans, Watson reiterated to The Associated Press that he has yet to make a decision yet about his future.
"My main focus is training hard and putting on my weight and getting this whole team on the right page to finish that unfinished business we need to finish," Watson said, according to the AP. "The NFL and all that stuff, I'm not even going to worry about it. ... I only get to experience this college football once. I want to live it up while I can."