Laney High alum Jaylen Watson is a Super Bowl champion
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Lucy C. Laney’s Jaylen Watson has his bling.
The rookie and the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 for a second Super Bowl victory in four years. The Chiefs scored on every possession in the second half.
Nearly every high school football player has thought about what it would be like to hold the Vince Lombardi trophy. For one local standout, that became reality.
Watson went from a seventh-round draft pick in April to champion all in his rookie season.
“We just was in high school together five-six years ago so for him to just be there and to know what he went through to get there is like a crazy story almost like a fairy tale story,” said Willie Eubanks III, USFL linebacker, Laney class of 2017.
Watson joins Emerson Boozer as the only other Laney world champion. Boozer won with the Jets in Super Bowl III.
Jarius Price, class of 2012 said: “This just shows what we do and how we do things are working down here you know. We don’t want to sit back and listen to the naysayers. We hunt. That’s what we do.”
While the confetti may have cleared in Arizona, it’s raining red back home.
Eubanks said: “Your fan base has always been there.”
Price: “It’s big. It’s bigger than me. It’s bigger than the school.”
Even calling for a parade.
Price said: “Just give the kid what he deserves. When you work that hard, and you reach that level, man, you deserve it. You deserve it. I would name a street after him. If you asked me.”
Watson has previously returned to Augusta to work out at Laney and hopefully will return this summer.
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