Superman: Deshaun Watson pays tribute to good friend Cam Newton


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Watson leaps the defender Saturday (Photo by Joshua S. Kelly)

CLEMSON – Following his Superman-like flight over a linebacker and into the endzone Saturday against North Carolina St., Clemson quarterback Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
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mimicked Carolina Panther quarterback Cam Newton’s Superman endzone celebration, acting like he was shedding his workday clothes for his Superman outfit.

And with good reason.

Watson has not only become Clemson’s version of Superman – energizing the fan base and making jaw-dropping plays like Saturday’s flight of fancy – but he is also good friends with Newton and does it to pay homage to his mentor.

Watson told TigerNet Monday afternoon that while he hasn’t asked for Newton’s permission to use the celebration, he is positive that Newton wouldn’t mind.

“Actually, I haven’t talked to him about it. I should ask him, but I bet he doesn’t mind me breaking out his celebration and using the Superman,” Watson said with a huge smile.

Watson says he first connected with the former Auburn star when he attended Newton’s camp during his junior year of high school at Gainesville. The two have stayed in touch since that first meeting.

“I try to talk to him every chance I get. I know he’s busy during the season, and I’m busy, too,” Watson said. “But I met him when I was at his camp. After the camp, he selected an all-star team and I was one of his quarterbacks. I got to spend the week with him in Florida at the IMG 7-on-7 national championship and we became close. The next year, I wasn’t able to be on his team, but we’ve stayed connected and just stayed in touch. “

Watson said he first saw Newton play when the Panther star was in high school at Atlanta Westlake.

“I actually watched him when I was little – his last high school game (at Atlanta Westlake) was against Gainesville and I watched him,” he said. “I was always a big fan of his, and to just see all of the adversity he had and to be able to overcome that. It’s been good to have that person who has been through all of this and what he has experienced has been a blessing.”

On Saturday, Watson did his best Cam Newton impersonation during his leap into the end zone and said he had no idea he was going to try and jump the defender.

“It was just a zone read play, and I read the guy. It was a pull play for me, and the guy was coming at me and I didn't know what I was going to do,” he said. “I just leapt over the guy and got up over the guy and got in there. It was pretty cool.”

And whenever Watson does something special – which is becoming common – he hears from Newton via text.

“Just a little bit, when we have a chance we talk to each other,” Watson said. “I will get a text that says, ‘good job’ and I will congratulate him on his play, too.”

Watson said that his dreams include playing in the NFL and earning a first ground grade, and while he doesn’t necessarily want to follow directly in Newton’s footsteps, it helps to have a sounding board who knows what he’s going through.

“I have my own expectations of myself, but having that person to talk to is pretty special,” Watson said. “I want to go the same route and be a first-round draft pick, but that is going to take a lot of work and I know I have a long way to go.”

In the meantime, he is having fun and doing his best Superman impersonation each and every week.

“I am having a blast,” he said, smiling once again. “This is a dream come true and I am living the dream.”

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New Story: Superman: Deshaun Watson pays tribute to good friend Cam Newton
TigerNet News
This kid is awesome...***
CoolBreeze864
I can't believe he would do such a thing
864Tiger828
I prefer he not do it as it will cost us a penalty I fear.
CUTIGR69®
He's not going to get a penalty for something that small.***
CoolBreeze864
Ever hear of the name Ron Cherry???***
1983Grad®
Hope not. Ron Cherry? Age difference too great, but I wish
CUTIGR69®
Re: Hope not. Ron Cherry? Age difference too great, but I wish
FEEL
Re: Hope not. Ron Cherry? Age difference too great, but I wish
Leitke
Unless we have AAC refs at our bowl game again***
Mighty Zep®
Duane Allen flagged 4 saluting on military appreciation day.***
Razzmatazz
Vic Beasley flagged 4 "cut throat" (or Superman) after sack
Razzmatazz
Re: I prefer he not do it as it will cost us a penalty I fear.
retired®
sec doesn't have Ron Cherry.***
CUTIGR69®
Tajh never got flagged for the "Manziel money hands" either.***
CoolBreeze864
Well...
864Tiger828
He has now been there.***
CUTIGR69®
Re: I prefer he not do it as it will cost us a penalty I fear.
deroberts
Re: Dear DW
TeachingTiger13®
I'm sure he's friends with Tajh too***
Tiger Woods®
I live in Charlotte, and Cam Newton has matured alot...
CoolBreeze864
These muffins hold grudge***
tigerfanjack
Boyd didnt have to go to 3 schools and come out early
under11par®
Re: Boyd didnt have to go to 3 schools and come out early
slumdog
Good grief at some of you...
heavydutytiger
Re: Good grief at some of you...
oldschtiger70®
Re: Dear DW
deroberts
Re: Dear DW
slumdog
Some Clemson fans are idiots. Every fanbase has a few.
CoolBreeze864
Re: Some Clemson fans are idiots. Every fanbase has a few.
deroberts
Move on old news. Cam plays in the NFL now, the scandal his
tigerking79®
Re: Move on old news. Cam plays in the NFL now, the scandal his
oldschtiger70®
You Da Man! DW***
tigerfanjack
Re: New Story: Superman: Deshaun Watson pays tribute to good friend Cam Newton
I bleed orange
i'm not particularly fond of the supermanny thing.
freakgeek
I was okay with Tajh doing the "Manziel money" thing too.***
CoolBreeze864
Don't risk a penalty like Allen & Beasley got in recent yrs!
Razzmatazz
Re: keep living your dream DW and don't let anyone
Touch_The_Rock79
Tiger Nation is living a dream too, DeShaun.
TigerHawk76®
Note to Watson
Prime T. Tiger
Re: Note to Watson
Flintiger
Note to idiots above^^^^
CoolBreeze864
Re: Note to idiots above^^^^
oldschtiger70®
It's been known for a while that Watson and Newton...
tigerking79®
Re: It's been known for a while that Watson and Newton...
oldschtiger70®
I will go on a limb
Prime T. Tiger
You're clueless, Newton is one of the best young QB's in the
tigerking79®
Really...
Prime T. Tiger
Re: Note to Watson
TigerzinNC
Not a fan of this
TX Tiger®
Re: Not a fan of this
heavydutytiger
Re: Not a fan of this
Flintiger
Cole Stoudt fans^^^^^***
CoolBreeze864
Dumb comment.***
Tiger5
Re: Not a fan of this
heavydutytiger
Re: Not a fan of this
BlackFriar
Re: Not a fan of this
TX Tiger®
I'm with you.
BlackFriar
Haven't enough people paid Cam Newton already?***
Completely Solid Orange®
Re: Haven't enough people paid Cam Newton already?***
sgttiger
True, but that was money, not homage.***
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