Shawn Watson
Shawn Watson
Graduation Year: Class of 1987
Induction Year: 2007

A multiple letterwinner in football and basketball, he was a two-time All Somerset County, All Central Jersey, and All State football player and a major factor in SHS winning back to back state titles in 1985 and 1986.  With three seconds remaining in the 1985 State Championship game against Freehold Borough, he ran the ball in for a score rather than throw a halfback option to win the game.  Then in the 1986 State Championship game against Manasquan, he scored the lone touchdown leaping over the top from the two-yard line to win the game.

These two plays exemplified the clutch style of play and persona for which he was highly respected.  He was known as a “money player”,  a “clutch go-to-guy”, and “The Ville’s man with ice in his veins”.  As a junior he averaged over six yards a carry with seven touchdowns on offense and 62 tackles with four interceptions as a strong safety on defense.  As a senior, he averaged seven yards per carry with nine touchdowns on offense, and 58 tackles with six interceptions on defense.  These offensive statistics could have been much greater were it not for the fact he shared time with HOF members Benny Thompson and Andre Green.

Upon graduation from SHS, he attended the University of Michigan under Bo Schembechler where he lettered and played on three Rose Bowl teams winning two Rose bowls, something that has not yet to be achieved by any other SHS player.