Two of the most decorated players in Clemson football folklore will be facing off this Sunday when the Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders take the field at NRG Stadium. Then Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson hit Raiders wide receiver on an out route to defeat Alabama for the 2016 National Championship.
The rest is history, but the two friends in Watson and Renfrow understand there is an NFL game to play, but the bond they built together will never break.
Watson took the time to talk about his friend and one of his favorite wide receivers at Clemson.
"A guy that's smart, tough, football I.Q, great person, great individual," Watson said of Renfrow. "Just a person that you would just love to be around, love to have in your locker room, love to be a friend with. Just overall, just a great person."
Renfrow continued to make his mark at Clemson on the football field and won another title in 2018 before being drafted by the Raiders. The rookie wide receiver had nothing but positives to say about Watson and what he saw from him as a quarterback.
"He was pretty good whenever he's was at Clemson," Renfrow said with a grin about Watson. "He's always risen to the occasion whenever the time came in my experiences with him. Very composed, very cool, always the calmest on the field, and so it's going to be a lot of fun to go against him."
Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney after the Tigers won the National Championship quoted in a rally with the Tiger faithful Philippians 4:13. A verse from the Bible symbolizing the numbers that Watson and Renfrow wore for the Tigers.
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Watson understands the significance of the numbers 4 and 13 and what it meant that night when the Tigers won the national title. Now it means even more for Watson because that is the day his good friend in Renfrow got married.
"I mean, 4/13 is a day that – especially for us two, but for the whole Clemson nation that we'll never forget," Watson explained. "They kind of just threw it together, and then this past year on April 13, that's the day he got married too. Everything just ties together as one big family, as one big day, really. It's a beautiful thing."
The connection between Watson and Renfrow will make the game for both special on Sunday, but that doesn't take the fact away both want to win.
Renfrow has witnessed Watson make play after play at Clemson and for the Texans. He is just hoping that play-making ability Watson puts on display often doesn't show up this week against the Raiders.
Renfrow did finish with a smile, "Hopefully, he's none of that this week. Hopefully, he is all jittery and throwing it to our guys, but it'll be fun."
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