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Steve Young believes Texans QB Deshaun Watson will be ‘one of the all-time greats’

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is only in his second year as a pro, but for football Hall of Famer Steve Young, he’s seen enough of him to say that the former Clemson Tigers star is going to end his career standing among the greats of the sport.

That’s a high praise for a young quarterback like Watson, especially since it came from someone whose place in the pantheon of football is secured.

Although some would likely say that Young may be jumping the gun a bit in terms of his assessment of Deshaun Watson, the talent and skill of the 23-year-old signal-caller are undeniably impressive.

Watson took the NFL by storm in his rookie campaign, which was unfortunately cut short by a devastating knee injury. In 2017, Watson had 1,699 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns against eight interceptions in seven games played. In addition, he also recorded 269 rushing yards and two rushing scores. Watson’s immense value to Houston was underscored by the fact that the team went just 1-9 to finish the season without him, though, that’s also largely because of injuries to other key pieces like J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus. In any case, Watson is clearly viewed as a franchise cornerstone.

Watson has a long way to go before reaching Canton, but it must feel good for him that people like Young believe in him.