Superman: Deshaun Watson pays tribute to good friend Cam Newton


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