Ben Watson came out of retirement and moved his large family — wife Kirsten and their seven children — across the country to rejoin the New England Patriots only a couple of months back. He was cut from the team last week only to be brought back a few days later.
Speaking with reporters Thursday for the first time since his latest return, Watson spoke about everything that happened. He said:
“As players, we go through emotions when we’re hired, fired, we have a great game, we have a poor game. We go through all those things. But you also want to protect (your family). So part of the drive home after being fired was, how am I going to talk to my kids about it? How are we going to process this? They had a lot of anticipation, as we all did. And really tell them, ‘Hey, this is a part of pro sports, but it’s also a part of life.’ There’s going to be some disappointment. There’s going to be some victories. There’s going to be some sad times and those happy times. How do you proceed through those things? How do you process that kind of stuff? So we had some tears, and then we had some good conversations that will continue.
“And then, (a week later,) the kids walk into the room. I hadn’t even signed yet. The kids walk into the room, and somebody reported it on TV. And they looked at me like, ‘We’re going back?’ I was like, ‘Well, not yet. It’s not official yet. We’re still working on some things. We’ll see. But it’s a possibility.’ So they’re all excited. But I think the past week was really important for us as a family. I think we grew closer. But we’re excited for what’s to come.”
We should see Watson on the field with the Patriots next Monday!