Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was already revered as a hero in the city of Houston before Hurricane Harvey hit. Now, he’s a living legend.
J.J. Watt has raised over $12 million to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston.
Watt’s original goal was to raise $200,000. Sunday, when he started the fundraiser, he made a $100,000 donation. Thursday, he announced in a video on Twitter that his fundraising campaign has surpassed the $10 million mark and that more than $12 million has been raised.
“We started out on Sunday with a goal of raising $200,000. Just now, we’ve surpassed the $10 million mark. I’m going to leave the link open and see how much get it,” he said. “I can’t say thank you enough—celebrities musicians, athletes, kids with their lemonade stands, people hosting fundraisers, business donating—I cannot thank everybody enough. … Houston, we’re thinking of you. Thank you to everybody who’s donated.”
The Tennessee Titans have donated $1 million to Watts’s campaign. The Texans and Baltimore Ravens have pledged $1 million to the United Way of Greater Houston’s flood-relief fund and the Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, and New York Jets have announced that they’ll donate $1 million to the American Red Cross, according to ESPN.
Ellen DeGeneres, Miley Cyrus, and Walmart have also donated to Watts’s fund. Drake and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will also be donating to Watts’s campaign.
— Roger Goodell (@nflcommish) August 31, 2017