Benjamin Watson wasn't sure if he should share his thoughts on racial tensions in Ferguson, Missouri, last year, but the Saints tight end braved the uncertainty and posted a message to Facebook. Posted shortly after a grand jury declined to indict officer Darren Wilson for firing the shots that killed Michael Brown, Watson's essay instantly went viral, earning engagement from celebrities and hitting Watson with a wave of positive feedback. Months later, Watson continues to be rewarded for his decision to speak honestly about a tough subject.

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