As much as JJ Watt’s play over the course of his career has told its story, so often has his generosity in time of need.
His philanthropic efforts are on display again after he agreed to cover funeral costs for the six people who died in the attack on the Waukesha Parade after a car drove into the crowd at a Christmas parade.
JJ Watt is covering the funeral costs of all those who lost their lives during the Waukesha Christmas Parade. It is an incredible gesture. He has such a huge heart.
– Cory Jennerjohn (@CoryJennerjohn) 23 November 2021
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Watt, a native of Wisconsin and formerly of Badger, has already taken similar steps. In 2018, he offered to cover funeral costs for those who died in the Santa Fe high school shooting and when Hurricane Harvey ravaged Houston and the Gulf region, Watt raised $ 37 million on a goal of 200 000 dollars to help rebuild the region.
But his charitable work is not just monetary in nature.
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Watt dressed up as Batman to surprise the kids at a Houston hospital, donated game-worn merchandise to the families of the Sandy Hook shooting victims, and is also known for his work with alumni groups. fighters.
In addition to Watt’s three Defensive Player of the Year awards and the five First Team All-Pro honors he won, he was also named Walter Payton Man of the Year 2017 by the NFL, awarded annually. to honor a player’s volunteerism and charitable work.
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Currently defensive with the Cardinals, Watt joined Arizona in March 2021, signing a two-year, $ 28 million contract. He suffered a shoulder injury that was originally considered the end of the season, although the Cardinals have not ruled out Watt’s return later this season.