J.J. Watt: It’s going to be special at NRG Stadium on Sunday

AP

Sunday’s game against the Jaguars was circled on Texans defensive end J.J. Watt‘s calendar for a long time because it represented his first chance to play a meaningful game since being shut down with a back injury early last season.

After Hurricane Harvey battered the city of Houston, it’s going to be a big moment for a lot more people when the Texans take the field on Sunday. That point was underscored at the start of Watt’s Wednesday press conference when he received a check for $5 million from the H-E-B grocery chain for the relief effort he started when the storm hit the city.

The total money raised by that effort is now above $27 million and Watt said on Wednesday that he’s been able to balance his work on that front with his preparations for the game. For this week, though, the two things are intertwined.

“It’s going to be special,” Watt said. “This is so much bigger than a game, but for three hours on Sunday we want to take people’s minds off of everything that just happened. We want to give them an escape from everything that just happened. I know for a fact that our guys are going to give every single thing that we have to make sure we put a smile on this city’s face.”

Watt was asked about people calling him a hero and said he’s just a coordinator of people trying to help the city and the surrounding areas recover. Watt called it “the least I can do” given the support the city has given him since he joined the Texans. It’s a safe bet that support has never been louder or stronger than it will be at NRG Stadium this weekend.

20 responses to “J.J. Watt: It’s going to be special at NRG Stadium on Sunday

  1. Should be special having the Jags beat you on your own…

    Who am I kidding? Congrats on the W. From Jacksonville with love.

  2. I’ll never forget the Phins home opener after Hurricane Andrew, it was a few hours of normalcy in a world tipped upside down and gone half mad.

  3. Dont mind us here in Jacksonville. We will just be getting hit by the outer bands of a cat 5 hurricane ourselves.

  4. Watt set the bar high for Miami and Jacksonville players to raise money once that Hurricane touches down in Florida.

    But really though, 27$ million dollars!? I never expected to see that much raised so fast. I’m a Raider fan, but now I’m a J.J. Watt fan too.

  5. I’ll be honest, I never liked Watt for his football persona. I always saw this great football player who sort of lacked the kind of personality the NFL attempted to place him in.

    There’s no denying this man is using his position and combining it with the betterment of humanity. He’s genuine. And he’s an actual role model kids can look up to this day. Which just makes the current situation pathetic when compared to our President and his fake “hurricane” relief effort of lifting 3 boxes into the back of a truck on camera for all to see.

  6. Poor Jags. They are the official sacrificial lambs for this game. Any team that would’ve been scheduled as Houston’s first opponent would be sacrificed. The only team that would be jerks enough to win it would be New England.

  7. What JJ Watt is doing is incredible. He is standing up for the people. No fake kneeling, fist raising or sitting. He’s put his money where his mouth is and is out there helping others (no matter the race, religion or sexuality). Not tweeting, not face timing, but out there physically helping people. I commend him and his CAUSE. Maybe Kaepernick can give him a call to find out how to stand up for something and actually have people rally behind him in a useful and functional way to help us grow together as a people.

  8. zeusisloose says:

    September 6, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Watt set the bar high for Miami and Jacksonville players to raise money once that Hurricane touches down in Florida.

    But really though, 27$ million dollars!? I never expected to see that much raised so fast. I’m a Raider fan, but now I’m a J.J. Watt fan too.

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    I don’t know if anyone on the Dolphins or Jaguars has the same level of star power and reach as J.J. Watt. It would be unfair to compare anyone on those teams with him in terms of fundraising. He has 4 million Twitter followers, and that’s probably top 5 of all current and former NFL players. It would be more fair to compare relief efforts in terms of quality, not quantity.

  9. I hope Winston and Tannehill both reach out in the same way and both do what JJ did. i.e. try his darnest to see that the money gets to people who need it. His promise of “I will do everything in my power to see that this money actually gets to the people who need it personally” is what is unique. His “this is too much for me to check personally, but I will try” is honest.

    I am not sure who else in the football world of Florida has star power, but Monday is the day for them to speak up and be heard. A lot of men are alumni of Florida schools, I’d like for them to be heard.

  10. It’s hard to find the right adjectives to use to describe Mr Watt. But, if he isn’t hands down NFL’s man of the year, humanitarian of the year, difference maker of the year, and doesn’t get every good guy award possible, then it’s all a sham!

    This guy is making a huge difference in so many people’s lives. 👍

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