FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Baltimore Ravens Tight End Benjamin Watson was the guest speaker at the Indiana FCA “Night for Hope” at the Embassy Theatre Monday night.
Watson spoke to the audience about his 12-year NFL career and his thoughts on race in America.
The NFL veteran grabbed national attention for a post on social media about the Ferguson grand jury’s decision to not indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. The post went viral and Watson was encouraged to share more on the topic. In 2015 he wrote his first book, “Under Our Skin: Getting Real about Race. Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations that Divide Us.”
During his talk at the Embassy Watson encouraged people to open up an honest discussion about race using his own life experiences to address the issue.
Watson was a first round draft pick by the New England Patriots in 2004. He has also played with the Cleveland Browns, the New Orleans Saints, and was signed by Baltimore during the offseason.