Edmonton Elks’ linebacker Tre Watson recently performed a jersey swap with one of the most intriguing rookies in the NFL who also happens to be his younger brother.
Christian Watson was selected in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers following a stellar collegiate career at North Dakota State. He has dressed for the first two games of the NFL season and made five catches for 43 yards and one carry for seven yards, helping the Packers to a 1-1 start.
There is some humour to be gleaned from the Watson’s jersey swap given that, despite representing two different teams in two different leagues, the jerseys look almost identical. The Elks and Packers have the same colour scheme and similar number fonts. The only noticeable difference between the two jerseys — aside from the fact that one is home and the other is away — is the striping.
Tre came to the CFL in 2021 as a member of the Montreal Alouettes and made 14 total tackles in eight games as a rookie. He took over the starting role at middle linebacker in 2022 and recorded 17 tackles and one sack in four games before being released following a pair of incidents with unnamed team personnel.
The 26-year-old signed with the Edmonton Elks immediately afterward and started one game for the team before suffering a knee injury that has held him out ever since. It remains unclear if he will return to the lineup this season.
Christian caught 105 passes for 2,140 yards and 14 touchdowns in college while rushing 49 times for 392 yards and two touchdowns. He tested brilliantly at the NFL Combine, running a 4.38-second forty-yard dash and leaping a 38.5-inch vertical jump at six-foot-four and 208 pounds.
Tre is the oldest of five children, while Christian is the middle child. Alexus is the second-oldest, while twin sisters Aubrey and Bella are the two youngest. Their father, Tim Watson, played safety in the NFL for four years as a member of the Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, and Philadelphia Eagles.