NFL’s Ben Watson in the March for Life: ‘Life Is Important to Me’ -- The Issue ‘Gets Swept Under the Rug’

By Lauretta Brown | January 27, 2017 | 6:16pm EST

Baltimore Ravens

tight end Benjamin Watson.


( – At the 2017 March for Life in Washington, D.C., Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson told that the pro-life issue is very important to him and it often, unfortunately, gets “swept under the rug.”

Watson was one of the main speakers at the event, which is held every year to protest the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion on demand. asked Watson why it was important for him to speak at the March for Life.

“Oh, well, life is important to me,” Watson replied, “and other than that obviously it’s something I’ve committed my life to is fighting for justice, to standing for truth, to fighting for life.”

“I’ve never been here before to the March but when I was invited to come it was kind of a no-brainer for me to come and support,” he said.

He added that “a lot of times we don’t realize how many people care about this issue, and that it is something that is very important to a lot of people, it gets swept under the rug. But it’s powerful to see, you know, tens of thousands of people to come out in support of the pre-born.”

Watson also told that pro-life issues were occasionally discussed in the locker room because “sports is kind of like life in general.”

“In the locker room you have guys of all political backgrounds, religious backgrounds, you know, even economic, ethnic, all those sorts of things,” he said, “and so we do talk about these sorts of issues especially around election time but a lot of the time it’s brief.”

“We’re able to talk about tough issues with each other which is important,” he said. “When you talk about engaging the culture, you know, we talk about talking about these issues amongst other people that may not agree. There’s a way you go about doing it and that’s what I appreciate about the locker room is that we can disagree, but in the end we love each other.”     



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