Tim Watson (American football)

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Tim Watson
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Position: Safety
Personal information
Born: (1970-08-13) August 13, 1970 (age 47)
Fort Valley, Georgia
Career information
High school: Fort Valley (GA) Peach County
College: Howard
NFL Draft: 1993  / Round: 6 / Pick: 156
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 13
Tackles: 0
Interceptions: 0
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

James Timothy Watson Jr. (born August 13, 1970) is a former American football safety in the National Football League. He played professionally for the Kansas City Chiefs, the New York Giants, and the Philadelphia Eagles.

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team controlling the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without control of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and aims to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, and otherwise they turn over the football to the defense; if the offense succeeds in advancing ten yards or more, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

National Football League Professional American football league

The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). The NFL is one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America, and the highest professional level of American football in the world. The NFL's 17-week regular season runs from early September to late December, with each team playing 16 games and having one bye week. Following the conclusion of the regular season, six teams from each conference advance to the playoffs, a single-elimination tournament culminating in the Super Bowl, which is usually held in the first Sunday in February, and is played between the champions of the NFC and AFC.

Kansas City Chiefs National Football League franchise in Kansas City, Missouri

The Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) West division. The team was founded in 1960 as the Dallas Texans by businessman Lamar Hunt and was a charter member of the American Football League (AFL). In 1963, the team relocated to Kansas City and assumed their current name. The Chiefs joined the NFL as a result of the merger in 1970. The team is valued at over $2 billion. Hunt's son, Clark, serves as chairman and CEO. While Hunt's ownership stakes passed collectively to his widow and children after his death in 2006, Clark represents the Chiefs at all league meetings and has ultimate authority on personnel changes.


Early life

Watson was born in Fort Valley, Georgia. He was a three-sport athlete in high school, lettering in football, basketball, and track. An All-Middle Georgia selection following his senior football season, Watson graduated with honors from Peach County High School.

Fort Valley, Georgia City in Georgia, United States

Fort Valley is a city in and the county seat of Peach County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 9,815.

A letterman, in U.S. activities/sports, is a high school or college student who has met a specified level of participation or performance on a varsity team.

High school football secondary school competition in gridiron football

High school football is gridiron football played by high school teams in the United States and Canada. It ranks among the most popular interscholastic sports in both countries. It is also popular amongst American High school teams in Europe.

College career

Watson played college football at Howard University. [1] He holds the record for blocked kicks at Howard, with seven. He has the distinction of being the first athlete in the history of the school to be named to the GTE Academic All-America Team (1992). [2]

College football collegiate rules version of American/Canadian football, played by student-athletes of American/Canadian colleges and universities

College football is American football played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities, colleges, and military academies, or Canadian football played by teams of student athletes fielded by Canadian universities. It was through college football play that American football rules first gained popularity in the United States.

Howard University university in Washington D.C.

Howard University is a private, federally chartered historically black university (HBCU) in Washington, D.C. It is categorized by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university with higher research activity and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

GTE former American telecommunications company

GTE Corporation, formerly General Telephone & Electronics Corporation (1955–1982), was the largest independent telephone company in the United States during the days of the Bell System. The company operated from 1926, with roots tracing further back than that, until 2000, when it was acquired by Bell Atlantic; the combined company took the name Verizon.

Watson earned a bachelor's degree cum laude in fashion merchandising and business marketing, then completed post-graduate studies in athletic administration. In 1992 he became a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity. Most recently, Watson was inducted into the Howard-University Athletic Hall of Fame, class of 2005.

Bachelors degree Undergraduate academic degree

A bachelor's degree or baccalaureate is an undergraduate academic degree awarded by colleges and universities upon completion of a course of study lasting three to seven years. In some institutions and educational systems, some bachelor's degrees can only be taken as graduate or postgraduate degrees after a first degree has been completed. In countries with qualifications frameworks, bachelor's degrees are normally one of the major levels in the framework, although some qualifications titled bachelor's degrees may be at other levels and some qualifications with non-bachelor's titles may be classified as bachelor's degrees.

Fashion merchandising

There is substantial confusion about the role of merchandisers, and much of this can be attributed to the loose manner in which the term is used by various industries. Merchandising in football refers to the range of goods sold to supporters by football clubs. Store managers at Zara will commonly refer to department layout reorganization as “re-merchandising.” In fashion retailing, the visual merchandising team has the responsibility of managing the aesthetics of store and window displays. It is a completely separate function from merchandising, and the two must not be confused.

Omega Psi Phi historically Black fraternity

Omega Psi Phi (ΩΨΦ) is an international fraternity with over 750 undergraduate and graduate chapters. The fraternity was founded on November 17, 1911 by three Howard University juniors, Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper and Frank Coleman, and their faculty adviser, Dr. Ernest Everett Just. Omega Psi Phi is the first predominantly African-American fraternity to be founded at a historically black university.

Professional career

Watson was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 6th round (156th overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft. He later played for the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, and Philadelphia Eagles. [3] He also played in the World League of American Football for the Barcelona Dragons and the Arena Football League for the Arizona Rattlers.

Green Bay Packers National Football League franchise in Green Bay, Wisconsin

The Green Bay Packers are a professional American football team based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) North division. It is the third-oldest franchise in the NFL, dating back to 1919, and is the only non-profit, community-owned major league professional sports team based in the United States. Home games have been played at Lambeau Field since 1957.

1993 NFL Draft draft of the 1993 season of the National Football League

The 1993 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. The draft was held April 25–26, 1993, at the Marriot Marquis in New York City, New York. No teams chose to claim any players in the supplemental draft that year, but the New York Giants and Kansas City Chiefs forfeited their first and second round picks, respectively, due to selecting Dave Brown and Darren Mickell in the 1992 supplemental draft.

Barcelona Dragons sports club

The Barcelona Dragons were a team originally in the World League of American Football and later in the resurrected NFL Europe. Their home field in Barcelona was the Estadi Olímpic de Montjuic, the 1992 Olympic Stadium, and later the Mini Estadi. The Dragons were successful on the field, making it to 4 World Bowls and winning World Bowl V in 1997. The team was made part of the FC Barcelona organization in 2002 as the FC Barcelona Dragons. Despite these efforts, the franchise's fan support decreased and the team began to struggle financially. After the 2003 season, the Dragons were discontinued and they were replaced in the league by the Cologne Centurions.

Life after the NFL

Watson is currently retired, but does socially conscious blogging. He is Founder and Principal Designer of Woke GEAR, LTD. providing a line of custom socially conscious affordable clothing, jewelry, and accessories. He has been a fitness trainer, lifestyle coach, and motivational speaker. He is an accomplished public speaker and author, and serves as Founding Chair of UPLIFT Community Fellowship, a philanthropic charitable community service organization in Columbus, Georgia.

He remains active in his local community through charitable work via involvement with his fraternities (the Diplomats Fraternity, Inc. and Omega Psi Phi, Inc.), the NFL Alumni Association, and his personal philanthropic organization UPLIFT Community Fellowship, Inc., which provides food and toys annually to families in need during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Watson coaches and sponsors youth football and basketball programs, instructs youth sports camps, and conducts life-skills seminars for young students and scholar-athletes.

Watson is the father of five children: Tré(7/96), Alexus(7/97), Christian(5/99), and twins Aubrey and Bella(3/14).

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