As Doug Pederson hinted the team might, the Eagles have signed running back Terrell Watson to the active roster ahead of Sunday’s season finale against the Cowboys. The team signed Watson to the practice squad on December 20.
He signed with the Bengals’ practice squad in 2015, and landed on the Browns’ and Broncos’ practice squads this season before finding his way to the Eagles.
When he was signed to the practice squad, we told you that Watson, a 23-year-old who went undrafted in 2015 out of Division II Azusa Pacific, had an incredible story about his path to the NFL.
In a story from this past summer, the Guardian’s Les Carpenter told Watson’s back story, one that feels too good to be true. Watson was left on a doorstep when he was just a few weeks old, and his parents, Billy and Janice Watson, took him in to their Oxnard, Ca., home.
They raised him, and his brother and sister, along with their first child. He dealt with a learning disability, but pushed through it and overcame it, broke collegiate rushing records, and is now an NFL running back.
Even though Pederson said Watson likely will be used only in emergency and situational roles on Sunday, we’d recommend reading that story, and becoming the world’s biggest Terrell Watson fan.