After coming out of retirement and joining the New England Patriots this past spring, NFL tight end Benjamin Watson was released by the team Monday.
Watson, 38, announced the news in a statement on Twitter: “I gave my all, but it was not enough to earn a spot on the Patriots’ roster.”
“I’m beyond disappointed but even more upset for my family who has supported me with all the love a husband and father could ask for,” the father of five added. “They are my heroes.”
“The God of victory is also a God in failure,” he added, ending his statement with a reference to Romans 8:28, which reads, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
The God of victory is also God in failure. I gave my all, but it was not enough to earn a spot on the @Patriots roster. I’m beyond disappointed but even more upset for my family who has supported me with all the love a husband and father could ask for.They are my heroes. Rom 8:28
— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) October 7, 2019
One fan weighed in, tweeting, “You have always been more than an athlete big bro, find your true calling and teach the people.”
You have always been more than a athlete big bro, find your true calling and teach the people ✊🏿
— Anthony HAMMER Hills (@ahills84) October 9, 2019
Faithwire managing editor Dan Andros also encouraged the tight end, tweeting: “On the bright side, we all get to hear from you more (hopefully) and your voice is so needed today! Praying for what’s next…”
On the bright side, we all get to hear from you more (hopefully) and your voice is so needed today! 🙏 for what’s next…
— Dan Andros (@DanAndros) October 8, 2019
New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady both weighed in on the decision to release Watson.
“We only have so many roster spots, so if we put somebody on we have to take somebody off,” Head Coach Bill Belichick said Monday on the Ordway, Merloni & Fauria radio show. “Right now there wasn’t a roster spot.”
Quarterback Tom Brady spoke about the release on Tuesday, saying he would miss playing with Watson.
“Pretty tough,” he said. “A lot of guys I have played with, I have played with a lot of guys over the years and Ben is a great player. He has been a great player for this team, other teams. He has had an incredible career. Hopefully, he can keep playing. I know he was looking forward to playing.”
Brady emphasized that not only is Watson a great player, but a great man, someone of the “highest integrity.”
“I’ll miss him,” he added. “He was right next to me. For as great of a player he was, he was 10 times a better person. Just the highest integrity. I can’t say enough good things about Ben and what he’s meant to me and my family, our team. We’re going to miss him.”
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