J.J. Watt donates $10,000 to family of fallen firefighter

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Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt has donated $10,000 to the family of a firefighter who was killed after a gas main explosion on Tuesday.

Although Watt hasn’t said anything publicly about the donation, his Twitter mentions show that people in the area of Wisconsin where firefighter Cory Barr was killed contacted Watt to see if there was anything he could do. Not long after, a donation of $10,000 from Justin Watt showed up on the GoFundMe page created for Barr’s family. Watt was born and raised in Wisconsin and played football for the Badgers.

Barr was a firefighter in Wisconsin for 15 years. He is survived by his wife and twin daughters.

Watt has been lauded for his service to the community, including winning the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award last year for spearheading efforts that raised $37 million for Hurricane Harvey relief.

33 responses to “J.J. Watt donates $10,000 to family of fallen firefighter

  1. Why isn’t he using his resources to help Kaepernick get back into the NFL? That would also greatly help the African-American community too.

  2. Even if he never gets healthy I’m glad he was and is a Texan. He is such a good person.

  3. As much as I don’t care for some of his antics on the field, it is easy to like him as a person for what he is doing to help others. Kudos to you, sir.

  4. Tetrashman- I am from a community less than 30 minutes from where this fireman was killed. It has been an honor to see the many communities come together to honor this man who gave his life protecting his town. There is a time and place for the bullcrap you just spouted and this is not it.

  5. Why would he help Kaesong and the AA communities? They are more than capable of helping themselves. Don’t kneel, do something.

  6. This man’s worst quality is that he headbobs to terrible music on TV. I love everything else about him. Hopefully he makes a big comeback this year.

  7. tehtrashman says:

    July 12, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Why isn’t he using his resources to help Kaepernick get back into the NFL? That would also greatly help the African-American community too.
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    What?!

  8. tehtrashman says:
    July 12, 2018 at 3:27 pm
    Why isn’t he using his resources to help Kaepernick get back into the NFL? That would also greatly help the African-American community too.

    Kaep screwed himself. He made his bed and can lie in it. It’s not JJ watt’s job to clean up Kaep’s mess.

  9. Guy gives money to a family devastated by a tragedy, and somehow Kaepernick is the discussion thread. Smh

  10. I can’t believe the negative comments and thumbs down. And then, some idiot has to bring Kaepernick’s name into the thread. Give it up. Kaepernick is done!

  11. Guys like JJ Watt and Colin Kaepernick set a great example for all players to follow.

    They are both great citizens that give back both their time, and more importantly, their PERSONAL TIME.

  12. stubborndata says:
    July 12, 2018 at 4:29 pm
    what an attention grab
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    Clearly! But let’s keep towing the first responders talking point.

  13. sllabskcustfpk says:
    July 12, 2018 at 5:09 pm
    Guys like JJ Watt and Colin Kaepernick set a great example for all players to follow.

    They are both great citizens that give back both their time, and more importantly, their PERSONAL TIME.
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    CK divides a country and has not shown any personal public fund raising / distribution to date. He actually takes the donations to fund legal fees.

    JJ creates a public funding drive and distrubutes all of the money bringing people of all walks of life together.

    Not the same at all.

  14. hagemeisterpark920 says:
    July 12, 2018 at 5:24 pm
    sllabskcustfpk says:
    July 12, 2018 at 5:09 pm
    Guys like JJ Watt and Colin Kaepernick set a great example for all players to follow.

    They are both great citizens that give back both their time, and more importantly, their PERSONAL TIME.
    ———————————-
    CK divides a country and has not shown any personal public fund raising / distribution to date. He actually takes the donations to fund legal fees.

    JJ creates a public funding drive and distrubutes all of the money bringing people of all walks of life together.

    Not the same at all.
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    Colin Kaepernick gave $1 million of his OWN money, just in the past year, and has made EACH and EVERY donation public. He also volunteers countless hours of his own time through his charitable organization, Know Your Rights. He also sacrificed his career (and he knew that was a likely outcome) to try and bring awareness to the police brutality and social injustices.

    That doesn’t take away from anything JJ Watt has done. That’s why I said they both set great examples for professional athletes. -Gordon L

  15. sllabskcustfpk says:
    July 12, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Colin Kaepernick gave $1 million of his OWN money, just in the past year, and has made EACH and EVERY donation public.
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    $25K of that $1 million went to an organization in Chicago named after Asata Shakur. I’m sure the family of the State Trooper that she murdered thinks Kaep is a really swell upstanding citizen.

  16. stubborndata says:
    July 12, 2018 at 4:29 pm
    what an attention grab

    I don’t disagree. He could ace used anonymous instead of his name. And based on his average annual salary that donation is the same as a $60 donation for a salary of 100K.

  17. JJ Watt has been a fantastic football player and an even better man. A very giving man who devotes his time and money to helping others, often in an almost anonymous way, and never in a self-promotional way.

    I hope he makes it back this year at or near his old form. He’s among the most exciting players to watch of the past decade. If he can play another 3 years near his old level, he’ll be in the Hall of Fame. Heck, I don’t think he’ll make the Hall of Fame if he doesn’t play another down (he’s only played five full seasons), but considering how dominant he’s been and what a fine human being he’s been off the field, I’d be glad to see him put in the Hall of Fame tomorrow.

  18. brianc34 says:
    July 12, 2018 at 8:48 pm
    stubborndata says:
    July 12, 2018 at 4:29 pm
    what an attention grab

    I don’t disagree. He could ace used anonymous instead of his name.
    ________

    I love how people bash Watt, cuz his names in the news for doing good things, or posting stuff like work outs on social media…. kids look up to the guy, and he shows them what hard work and dedicTion can acheive.

    I cant believe people hold that kind of stuff against him.

  19. As a Jag fan and knowing we picked Blaine Freaking Gabbert a pick ahead of JJ Watt. I want to jump of a bridge when I think about it.

    He’s likely not going to be the same on the field but, much like Boselli, he was the best when he was healthy in his prime. He’s been a great player and a better man for Houston than those dirty tinhorns deserve.

  20. If every NFL player had the heart this guy does then the league and the world would be a better place……….good job J.J.!

  21. JJ Watt is the best!!! CLASS ACT!!! Wishing him good health for 2019 season!!!

    As far as Colin K..CLASSLESS!…he can put on his Fidel Castro t-shirt and move to Cuba and start his own football league there, that is the only way he can get a chance to play QB again!

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