@menelikwatson71 #ExtraordinaryCityStory with @tcaabudhabi "I have a vivid memory, from when I was 15 years old, of riding on my bike up to the Etihad Stadium and holding my hand up against the concrete wall. It was the closest I had ever come to being at a City game. I dreamed of being able to go inside and watch, let alone play for the team. When I was growing up we didn't have enough money to get in. It's crazy to think how things have changed.
Thanks to hard work and some great people helping me along the way I now mainly watch City from my base in the States, where I play for the Denver Broncos in the NFL.
City is my bridge to home, especially when I get the games over here. I can see that stadium, I know my brother's house is around the corner, it gives me that comfort. I'm always getting that constant reminder.
I am just getting started in my life. When I was 11 I smashed up my ankle so badly at school I was told I would never play sport again. From that low I battled back to playing at junior college, getting drafted, playing for Oakland and facing the best of the best in American Football. I've suffered more injuries. I have overcome those injuries and been blessed with the new contract at Denver. I'm ready for this new phase. Nobody has seen the true Menelik Watson yet and I'm excited to show that.
My daughter is my motivation. My mum is still in Longsight, Manchester. My brothers are still out there. I won't be content until everybody has got to see the world like I have."
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