Deshaun Watson's reaction to winning the national championship shows just how much it means to him

An epic performance.

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson had a stout performance in last year's national championship loss, but being upended by Alabama haunted him for a full year.

During Monday's epic win, Watson had a performance for the ages, completing 36-of-56 passes for 420 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner with just one second remaining in the contest.

Following the score, cameras followed Watson to the sideline, where he finally let his emotions out and broke down with victory firmly in his grasps.

It was Clemson's first national championship since 1981.