The Watkins Award, March 8, 2021
The Watkins Award with Tyrone Tate and J Everette Pearsall
Guest, Richard Yeargin, a 2014 Watkins Award Honoree from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was the top defensive end in the nation coming out of high school. From an academic choice and perspective, Richard could have chosen any college to attend but decided to go and earn a degree and play football for a rising powerhouse called Clemson University. Richard finished at Clemson with 2 degrees, a Bachelor's Degree in Business and a Master's in Athletic Leadership. He also got the opportunity to earn a National Championship while at Clemson. Having an extra year of eligibility to play football, Richard chose Boston College to continue his football career and secure another Master's Degree in Health Care Administration. He's currently a rising executive in Corporate America with no place to go but up.
The Watkins Award has established itself as the nation’s premier award for African American male high school seniors who represent the highest achievement in academics and athletics. The Award is emblematic of an extraordinary athlete, a bonafide scholar, and a person who has been recognized by prominent people in his community as a leader, volunteer, and community advocate.