EXCLUSIVE: Faith, Family, Football: Why Patriots Tight End Benjamin Watson Champions Life

The Daily Caller | 1/16/2020 | Staff
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New England Patriots football player Benjamin Watson does not shy away from standing up for his beliefs.

The father of seven emphasized the importance of engaging others in conversations on politics and culture, just as he does with his teammates.

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“We have those conversations,” he said. “And then we kiss and make up and go play football.”

Benjamin Watson is not only a starting tight end for the New England Patriots — he’s also the father of seven children, a man of faith, a commentator, and an advocate for life.

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The 39-year-old football player, who formerly played for the Baltimore Ravens, the New Orleans Saints, and the Cleveland Browns, told the Daily Caller News Foundation in an exclusive interview that his faith informs his political stances, which pushes him to speak out in defense of the truth.

“The person who says their faith doesn’t influence how they vote or their faith doesn’t influence how they govern is lying,” he said. “Your faith is part of you.”

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For Watson, faith is the “essence of who you are.”

“It’s not something you carry alongside of you,” he explained. “You live out your faith in everything you do.”

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Watson’s faith inspires him to publicly stand up for the truth in an age where football players often come under fire for speaking up on political issues, He pushes back at those who say NFL athletes should keep quiet and play football.

“It’s really demeaning,” he said. “You’re taking the humanity out of the person and turning them into simply a vehicle of entertainment.”

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“You’re stripping them of what makes us all human beings — our emotions, our intellect, our spirituality … all those complex things are in all of us whether we play football, whether we are journalists, whether we are politicians or doctors or stay-at-home dads or moms,” he continued. “We all have...
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