Deshaun Watson, Deshaun Watson NFL Records and achievements

Derrick Deshaun Watson (born September 14, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL).

He played college football at Clemson, where he led the team to a national championship in 2016. Watson was selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans.

After having a productive rookie season cut short by injury, Watson guided the Texans to consecutive division titles in 2018 and 2019 and led the league in passing yards in 2020.

He also received Pro Bowl honors in each of his three seasons as Houston's primary starter. He has the highest career completion percentage of all time (minimum 1,500 attempts), and is second in all-time career passer rating.

Beginning in 2021, Watson has been sued by more than two dozen female massage therapists for sexual harassment and sexual assault. Watson has denied any wrongdoing despite settling 20 claims of sexual misconduct.

Disagreements with the Texans' front office and multiple sexual-misconduct lawsuits kept Watson out for the entire 2021 season but eventually led to a trade to the Cleveland Browns and in 2022 he signed a five-year contract worth $230 million, one of the most expensive contracts in NFL history.

Professional career Watson was projected as a first-round pick by the majority of scouts and analysts. He was ranked as the top quarterback available in the draft by Sports Illustrated, Pro Football Focus and ESPN. He was ranked the second-best quarterback by NFLDraftScout.com.

Height 6 ft 2+1⁄2 in (1.89 m) Weight 221 lb (100 kg)

Arm length 33 in (0.84 m) Hand span 9+3⁄4 in (0.25 m)

40-yard dash 4.66 s 10-yard split 1.60 s 20-yard split 2.72 s

20-yard shuttle 4.31 s Three-cone drill 6.95 s Vertical jump 32.5 in (0.83 m)

Broad jump 9 ft 11 in (3.02 m) Wonderlic 20 Cleveland Browns 2022

Records and achievements NFL records Highest career completion percentage: 67.8%

Most passing touchdowns in a single game by a rookie quarterback: 5 (tied with Ray Buivid, Matthew Stafford, Jameis Winston, and Daniel Jones) Most passing touchdowns in a calendar month by a rookie quarterback: 16

Most passing touchdowns by a rookie quarterback in one half: 4 (tied with Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston) (Week 5, 2017) First player in NFL history to pass for 400+ yards, throw 4+ TD passes, and rush for 50+ yards in a single game. (Week 8, 2017)

First player in NFL history with multiple 5 passing touchdown games within his first 2 seasons: 2 First player in NFL history to have 4,000+ passing yards, 25+ passing touchdowns, 500+ rushing yards, and 5 rushing touchdowns in a single season

Fastest player in NFL history to have 6,500+ passing yards and 500+ rushing yards (26 games) Fastest player in NFL history to have 50 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns (27 games)

First quarterback with back-to-back games with at least 375 passing yards and 35 rushing yards Most passing touchdowns by a rookie in a 7-game span in NFL history: 19

Most passing touchdowns by a rookie in a 5-game span in NFL history: 18 Longest streak of games with 3 or more passing touchdowns by a rookie in NFL history: 4

Most games with at least 375 passing yards and 40 rushing yards in NFL history: 3 (tied with Steve Young) Most passing touchdowns for a quarterback through his first six career games: 15

First rookie with two games of 300+ passing yards and 40+ rushing yards in a season First rookie to produce 5+ touchdowns in consecutive games

Most completions with a perfect passer rating: 28 Most attempts with a perfect passer rating: 33 (tied with Jared Goff)

Watson with the Cleveland Browns during training camp in 2022 On March 18, 2022, Watson and the Texans' 2024 sixth-round draft pick were traded to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for the Browns' first-round draft picks in 2022, 2023, and 2024, as well as the Browns' third-round pick in 2023 and fourth-round picks in 2022 and 2024.

As part of the trade, Watson signed a new, fully guaranteed, five-year, $230 million deal with the Browns, making it the largest contract and most guaranteed money in NFL history.

As a result of his sexual harassment allegations, Watson was suspended for six regular season games to start the 2022 season by Sue Lewis Robinson. He is allowed to participate in preseason activities, including preseason games.

Two days later the NFL filed an appeal of the suspension, seeking to extend the suspension to at least a full season (17 regular season games), as well as seeking a fine and establishing a clause in which Watson would seek treatment for his conduct.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed that the NFL would seek a full-year suspension including the postseason, calling Watson's conduct "egregious" and "predatory behavior". The appeal was reviewed by former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey.

On August 18, 2022, after the NFL and the NFLPA reached a settlement, Watson was suspended for the first 11 games of the 2022 regular season and was fined $5 million.

Consequences On April 7, 2021, Nike and Beats By Dre suspended endorsement deals with Watson. Reliant Energy and H-E-B stated that they did not plan on engaging with Watson in the future

On March 11, 2022, a grand jury declined to indict Watson on criminal charges related to "harassment and sexual misconduct". On that date he still faced 22 civil lawsuits, many alleging sexual misconduct, and assault. As of August 1, 2022, all but one of the pending civil cases had been settled.

As a result of these accusations, the NFL announced on August 18, 2022 that Watson will be suspended for 11 games, pay a record $5 million fine, undergo evaluation by behavioral experts, and complete a treatment program. His fine and an additional $2 million will be donated to agencies that work to prevent sexual assault.

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