Kansas City Chiefs fans saw all they wanted to see of Tom Brady during last weekend’s Super Bowl. However, Brady also shared a heartfelt message to Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson during the 22nd-annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration televised on the BET network.
The virtual production kicked off with a dynamic prayer led by Pastor Mike Todd and was hosted by television and radio personality Rickey Smiley. In between musical performances, Watson was presented this year’s “Faith In Action Award” by retired NFL running back Warrick Dunn, a man of faith who played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons during his career.
Dunn had been a big inspiration to Watson as a child. Watson grew up as the son of a courageous cancer survivor. As a kid, Watson and his mother were provided housing through one of Dunn’s philanthropic initiatives.
Watson since has followed in those footsteps and is now one of the NFL’s youngest humanitarians. He works passionately to support families and youth in underserved communities through his charitable foundation. In partnership with other groups, the Deshaun Watson Foundation provides rent and mortgage assistance to struggling families, college scholarships to deserving students and aid to families confronted with life-changing medical situations.
“This is one of my favorite awards that I’ve been able to receive in my lifetime,” the former Clemson University standout said during the presentation. “My mom, she’d definitely enjoy it, because this is what we live about. This is what she prays us kids on, is having that faith in action and standing tall for what we believe in and helping people around in the community.”
Brady congratulated Watson.
“Deshawn, congratulations on receiving this year’s faith in action award,” he said. “Your continued dedication to providing resources to the underserved communities makes a huge difference in improving the lives of so many, especially for the next generation. I know this past year has been more challenging than most. It’s been challenging for everyone, but the work you’re doing ensures a bright future for everybody. Again, congratulations on this special honor and keep up the great work both on and off the field.”
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice