Chat with Ben Watson
Georgia owns a 47-40-2 advantage against Florida.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, we'll have Cleveland Browns, and former Georgia, tight end Ben Watson stopping by to chat about the upcoming NFL season, as well as his role with EA Sports' NCAA Football 13, released Tuesday, and the game's rivalries. Brandon Spikes, alum of Georgia's rival Florida, chats Thursday at 3 p.m. ET.
Watson, @benjaminswatson, played in two SEC championship games at Georgia, winning the title in 2002. His Georgia squad went 0-3 against Florida, however, he did win an NFL win as a member of the Super Bowl XXXIX champion New England Patriots team.
Send your questions now and join Watson Thursday at 3:30 p.m. ET!
Benjamin Watson (3:33 PM)
Hey guys, Benjamin Watson here. Thanks for joining. Looking forward to this chat!
charles (new orleans)
if you could play another position on the field, what would it be?
Benjamin Watson (3:34 PM)
Probably DE, and I would only come in on third and long and rush the passer. I envy those guys. They come in, get a sack and make the headlines!
What was your best memory of your Georgia games against Florida?
Benjamin Watson (3:36 PM)
I never won against Florida, so my best one was probably coming into the stadium and seeing all the fans tailgating and then running out and seeing the stadium split down the middle with fans of both teams. The build up to the game was great. I wish I could say something about great victories, but I can't.
ben, what is it like playing with some of your college rivals
Benjamin Watson (3:38 PM)
It's actually fun. We have a chance to talk about past games we played against each other. It's fun to hear what other guys were thinking on the other side. I played with some UF guys in the pros, and, like I said, we never beat them. But when we talk now about those games, they say that they always thought we had the more talented teams back then, but they always knew we would blow it at some point despite out talent. It was so funny to hear them say that about us.
Are you a big video game player?
Benjamin Watson (3:39 PM)
I am not, not right now. I was as a kid, Aaron. I used to play Playstation. Lots of Madden. But ever since I got married and started having kids, I don't have the time anymore. But I do think it's really cool to be on a game. I still think it's cool to see myself in these games, because I grew up playing.
How strange is it in the NFL to have a big roster turnover year to year, while in college you had most of the same faces around you for 4 years?
Benjamin Watson (3:41 PM)
It's kind of your welcome to the NFL moment as a rookie. You start to realize it's revolving door, save for a few guys. It's very sobering when a lot of guys you went through Rookie Camp with, aren't there anymore when the season begins.
How intense were those college rivalry games?
Benjamin Watson (3:43 PM)
The SEC is the best and most intense conference in football: college, NFL or high school. Period. There are 10s of thousands of students behind you and even more alumni. It's almost like a religion and a culture unto itself. There is a rivalry in the NFL among guys and which conference they represent. So that conference pride carries over. It's very intense.
Were you recruited by both schools?
Benjamin Watson (3:44 PM)
Actually I was not recruited by either school! I went to Duke first, as a freshman. And then after a year there I wanted to transfer and I liked how Georgia used their TEs. So I visited and ended up with a scholarship.
Do you think Georgia beats Florida this year?
Benjamin Watson (3:46 PM)
I'm going to say yes, of course they will! Georgia has momentum from last year. They have been stalled with some run-ins with the law. But I think they can overcome those things.
Did you play other positions growing up?
Benjamin Watson (3:47 PM)
Yes, I actually started playing football in 9th grade and I was a RB and a CB. Then I switched to TE in 10th grade and have been there ever since. Always loved scoring TDs. But, like I said before, I wish I could just rush the passer these days.
Zack (Milton, GA)
Ben,I am a patriots fan and was a huge fan of yours when you played there. Im still a fan of yours of course, but just wondering, do you ever miss being on the patriots? What do you miss the most?
Benjamin Watson (3:49 PM)
I miss some of the guys I was close to there. I really enjoy being in Cleveland though. There are some things about Boston that me and my wife miss, but we're also really enjoying Cleveland.
what is it like moving from home to duke to georgia to new england and now cleveland
Benjamin Watson (3:50 PM)
Good question. I feel like I have been in exile from the South for some time. It can be tough. But it's part of the business. I have had the chance to live in many places. It's a great problem to have though. You never know which doors God's going to open and which ones he is going to close.
The Browns keep accumulating some good young players. What do you think of the direction of the team?
Benjamin Watson (3:51 PM)
Definitely positive. We have been moving up. We struggled in the past, but we are part of a turnover and it's nice to have young players who you have the opportunity to mentor.
Benjamin Watson (3:55 PM)
Thank you for your question! If you want to connect or ask me more questions, hit me up on Twitter: @BenjaminSWatson. Looking forward to a great season!