Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Jaylen Watson runs an interception back for a touchdown during the second half against the Chargers on Thursday in Kansas City, Mo. (Charlie Riedel / Associated Press)
Jaylen Watson puts the fast in fast food.
The onetime Wendy’s worker wound up grilling the Chargers on Thursday night, returning an interception 99 yards for a spirit-snapping touchdown in Kansas City’s 27-24 victory.
Decibelwise, the obscure rookie cornerback transformed Arrowhead Stadium from a library to a cover-your-ears launch pad with his brilliant play.
He stepped in front of a Justin Herbert throw, plucking a pass that was intended for tight end Gerald Everett then running the length of the field to put the Chiefs up 24-17, their first lead of the game.
Along the way, Watson, a seventh-round pick who wouldn’t have been starting but for a teammate’s injury, slipped the desperate grasp of Herbert, who made a futile attempt of tackling him.
“We have a rule as DBs, you can never get tackled by a quarterback,” Watson said. “That’s my first job, make a move on him and just try to race to the end zone.”
As regular-season games go, the stage could not have been bigger. This was the curtain-lifter for Amazon Prime, which has exclusive streaming rights on Thursday nights, and watching from a suite were NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Jeff Bezos, chairman of Amazon.
On this night, Watson felt like the richest guy in the place. He had hoped to go to USC after two years at Ventura College but instead had to move home to Augusta, Ga., because he didn’t have the grades to transfer. So he worked with his mother, who is a manager at Wendy’s.
“I love her to death but it was terrible,” he told reporters in Kansas City earlier this year.
“It’s so bad, you get no breaks away from your mom — you go to work, you’re with your mom. You go home, you’re with your mom. You can’t even talk about work. It’s just bad. But I still love her.”
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Publish date : 2022-09-16 04:58:34
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