Apr 15, 2017

Deshaun Watson: Good Luck Young Man! #NFL



Artwork by David Gaines


"I was inspired to create this piece of artwork based upon the fact that I am a huge fan of college football and feel as if I can see the burning desire to win, within certain players. As I watched the 2016 NCAA college football national championship game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers, it seemed that the Tigers had already been written off to lose this game. As I watched the pose of the young Clemson quarterback, he appeared that he had already won the game; he just actually had to go through the motions to bring it into reality for us as spectators to believe it. In my opinion, that was another great moment in college sports, that there are simply some players that have more will power to win, that far exceed the opinions of masses." - David Gaines, Artist




DA Dome: Thank you David Gaines for providing our website with this amazing image/art. We wish Deshaun Watson all the luck in the world. I hope this kid has a successful NFL draft and career. When you look at the maturity, professionalism and drive he has, greatness could be in his future.


A few questions:


1. What type of pro do you feel DW will be?

2. What team would you like to see draft DW?

3. What is your overall assessment of DW as a player?


Peace - THanes

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