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NFL star JJ Watt offers to cover funeral costs after woman tweets about selling shoes to raise money

A woman tweeted that she was selling a pair of Arizona Cardinals defensive end JJ Watt’s shoes and jersey to raise money for her grandfather’s funeral.

Then the NFL star stepped in.

Jennifer Simpson, a teacher from Texas, posted the tweet on Wednesday, asking if anyone would be interested in buying the shoes.

“I have a pair of Reebok women’s shoes @JJWatt size 9 $60. I’ve worn them twice. They’re great shoes, I’m only selling them because we’re raising money for my grandfathers funeral “Simpson tweeted. “I also have a Watt women’s Texans XL jersey for $30. Anyone interested?”

Watt retweeted Simpson’s post the same day, telling him to keep the shoes and jersey.

“Don’t sell your shoes and jersey, we’ll help with the funeral. I’m sorry for your loss,” Watt wrote.

Watt’s tweet has since racked up more than 243,700 likes on Twitter.

In a response to the tweet, Simpson said she wished she could tell Watt everything she had been through.

“I really love you man. It’s been a tough year for me, and it’s been a tough last month since death. I wish I could tell you my story,” Simpson wrote.

Jerry Roderick, Simpson’s grandfather, died suddenly on June 20, according to his aunt Tara Roderick.

Simpson’s aunt Tara Roderick told TODAY the family had no idea the tweet would catch the eye of the athlete himself.

“We didn’t expect anything,” Roderick told TODAY. “We just expected that another fan might want to buy that jersey or those shoes.”

At first the family was skeptical, but Watt then sent the funds to Simpson via Paypal.

“Then Jennifer sent me a screenshot where he had sent money through Paypal,” Roderick said. “I almost died. He said he was sorry for our loss and made his donation.

Roderick told TODAY the funeral expenses have been paid. The family now works to pay for the cemetery costs.

“I would love to talk to JJ myself because what he’s done has eased the burden a bit knowing we can put my dad to rest after a month,” Roderick said.



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