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Friday, Feb 12, 2016
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Childhood colors Buc’s community service

Next up in The Tampa Tribune’s series of candid conversations with Tampa Bay Buccaneers is a player who most certainly will be geared up for Miami vs. Florida State on Saturday: fourth-year linebacker out of FSU, Dekoda Watson.

Q: I hear you’re really involved in the community, tell us a little bit about how you got started and why you like to give back.

Watson: I think really the big thing is where I grew up in Aiken, S.C. We had a lot of people that didn’t have but one parent, you know, maybe a mother, father, some didn’t have any and just seeing kids grow up and how tough it is. I was blessed and fortunate to have both of my parents, so I just want to go out there and remember where I came from and help people, mainly kids, that aren’t as fortunate as others.

Q: How did you get your start in football?

Watson: They just asked me one day did I want to play it and I was like, yeah, and the funny thing is, if you were to ask me back then or told me back then that I’d be in the position that I am in now, I’d really consider you a liar because I was afraid to hit, afraid to tackle, to do anything that had to with football, but that was my first start, just actually being introduced by my father.

Q: Now I know that you went to Florida State, so you are a Nole. What’s your favorite place in Tallahassee, Potbelly’s maybe?

Watson: (Laughs) Oh, I think one of my favorite places was either Chubby’s or Bajas. Chubby’s was there for a little bit, but, huh, yeah. I’ve never been to The Moon, which a lot of people would probably think was crazy but I never made it to The Moon.

Q: Now let’s enter a This or That section of our Q & A. First up: blond or brunette?

Watson: Brunette.

Q: Kim or Khole?

Watson: Kim, of course.

Q: Mountains or beach?

Watson: Beach

Q: I was going to ask you Noles or Gators, but I know that answer.

Watson: Oh yeah, that’s a gimme.


For more of our conversation with Dekoda Watson check out the video interview on http://TBO.com

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