BEREA, Ohio — Deshaun Watson walked off the practice field in his socks Saturday to a chorus of cheers and chants of his name from fans on the first day of Browns training camp open to the public.
He left in his socks because he lost back-to-back games of rock, paper, scissors to two young fans who stood in line for his autograph after practice.
First, Tanner Hall, 10, of Alliance, Ohio, beat him at the game, and Watson removed a cleat, autographed it and handed it to him. Hall thanked him and posed for a photo with Watson, holding his new shoe.
“I want to do it too,’’ said Barrett Radel, 9, of Hartville, Ohio.
“You want the other cleat?’’ Watson asked. “You’ve got to win now.’’
Radel did, and off came the other cleat. Signed, sealed and delivered.
Watson then made his way down the autograph line, signing helmets and shirts, and posing for photos with fans.
When he turned to walk away, he gave a wave and was enthusiastically cheered by the hundreds of fans who stuck around after practice to catch a glimpse of him and other players such as Perrion Winfrey, who also signed autographs.
Despite his off-the-field issues, Watson also received a warm welcome of cheers as he walked onto the practice field, and after he completed passes to players such as Demetric Felton, Donovan Peoples-Jones and Harrison Bryant.
The practice marked the first of 11 that are free and open to the public, and it went well for Watson — and extremely well for at least two young fans.
Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShaun Watson signs autographs after practice, July 30, 2022
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