On Saturday night in Minneapolis, the Texans defensive end, JJ Watt, was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year for 2017. He was recognized for his incredible fundraising efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
You can easily say JJ Watt is one of the many heroes raising money for Houston after sever flooding. Read on to see what JJ had to say about the honor…
CelebNSports247.com would like to congratulate, JJ Watt for his unselfish philanthropy.
If you recall, this past August, JJ Watt, who has played for the hometown team since 2011, raised more than $37 million in 19 days in August 2017 for relief efforts, in addition to donating $100,000 himself. Hurricane Harvey, a catastrophic Category 4 storm, hit Texas in August and caused $125 billion in damage. 88 people lost their lives in the devastation, according to The Texas Tribune.
The Houston Texans player, 25, accepted the prestigious award on Saturday, February 3.
JJ Watt had this to say at the NFL honors event:
“This award is about the inherent good that lies within humanity. It’s about the city of Houston and its ability to overcome adversity at a time when it all seemed lost. It is about the hundreds of thousands of people from all over the country and all over the world who donated to a city they may have never been to, to people that they may never meet. But they donated simply because they saw their fellow humans going through a difficult time and they wanted to help out.”
In addition to being presented with the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, JJ Watt will be wearing a new patch on his jersey.
Watt will also be getting $250,000 for the charity of his choice, Watt will also get a patch on his jersey of the Payton award emblem. It’s been stated that every current player that’s won the award gets to wear the patch. The list includes Drew Brees, Thomas Davis, Eli Manning and Jason Witten, according to HoustonTexans.com.
Back in December, Brain McCarthy reported:
“New tradition starting tonight: Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year winners to wear special patch on their jerseys to recognize their contributions to their communities. @saints @drewbrees among the 5 current winners”