For decades, star athlete Benjamin Watson has earned accolades and been in the media limelight. But it’s not what drives him.
During the 2002 Southeastern Conference Championship Game, Watson scored the winning touchdown for the Georgia Bulldogs. Three years later, in his rookie NFL season with the New England Patriots, they reached the Super Bowl and defeated the Eagles 24-21. In 2016, he was named a Pro Bowl alternate. This spring, Watson announced his retirement.
His first significant post-NFL project is not one most athletes would tackle. In the documentary film “Divided Hearts of America,” which premieres Sept. 17, Watson and his wife, Kirsten, interview diverse voices on controversial topics of life and abortion.
“We don’t see this as a film that is for one tribe,” said Watson in a phone interview. “Abortion has affected people in different ways, and we need to see the humanity of all sides involved.”
Their work in humanitarian and justice causes