Colin Kaepernick may have taken a bogus nomination and win for “citizen of the year,” but the highly sought after and prestigious award from Sports Illustrated has gone to the right man at least. J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans was recently co-awarded the “Sportsperson of the Year” award for his amazing and selfless works to help with the Hurricane Harvey relief after Texas was ravaged by the biggest and longest lasting storm the state has ever seen.
Watt began his support of the people of Texas by entering the field for the first game after the storm proudly waving a Texas state flag, and his efforts continued to grow and expand until he was able to donate millions of dollars as well as warehouses full of donated supplies. Then he went one step further by making sure to remind everyone that the award he was being given wasn’t just about him and his co-awardee, but about an entire city, and the over 200,000 people who donated in any way they could.
Humble is almost too simple of a word to describe one of America’s only remaining upstanding athlete.
According to the Independent Journal Review :
When Hurricane Harvey ravaged Texas, people from all walks of life jumped into action to help. The Cajun Navy was deployed, Team Rubicon hit the ground, and once ordinary people became extraordinary heroes.
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt immediately made a plea to his fans and social media followers for donations. As the floodwaters receded, he was left with a whopping $37 million, which he announced would primarily be divided between Americares, Feeding America, SBP and Save the Children.
A few photos from today’s visit to a few of the sites where great work is being done using the funds you all so generously donated. Explanation and videos on my Instagram story and Snapchat. pic.twitter.com/FbqCMGRRLi
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) December 1, 2017
“I have said it many times over the course of the past few months, but it bears repeating again: the most difficult times seem to bring out the best in humanity,” Watt wrote on his YouCaring page. “I cannot thank everyone enough for their support and donations from across the country and around the world.”
Throughout the donation process, Watt repeatedly gave credit to the people who stepped up to help, whether it was with $5 or $500. On Tuesday, he had another announcement to make, and yet again, he shared the credit for his achievement with others.
Watt revealed on Twitter he was selected as Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsperson of the Year.”
Humbled & Honored.
Houston, this is for you and this is for the hundreds of thousands of people who donated from all over the world. pic.twitter.com/GuR6uB0Y6J
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) December 5, 2017
He wrote he is “humbled and honored” by the selection, which he shares with Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve.
“It’s much more than just two people,” Watt told ESPN. “It’s a whole city. On my side, it’s over 200,000 people who donated money to help rebuild the city. It’s an award that’s so much bigger than sports.”
During an interview with Sports Illustrated, he added all he did was “give people a way to help.”
Freedom Daily reported on JJ Watt’s selflessness and Patriotism back in November, stating:
As “oppressed” millionaire NFL players continue to make a mockery of our country while insulting ever single soldier who fought, bled, and died for this country by protesting our National Anthem, other NFL players like Justin James “J. J.” Watt have been working tirelessly to organize hurricane relief efforts for the past several weeks. Watt, who is defensive end for the Houston Texans, raised a whopping $30 million dollars just in the last week and a half alone, putting every kneeling douchebag in the NFL to massive shame.
Rather than taking a knee or using his time in the spotlight to act like a gigantic jackass, Watt ran onto the football field for his first game since Hurricane Harvey with a gigantic flag, symbolizing the incredible spirit of Americans uniting after the catastrophe, a patriotic gesture that anti-American morons like Colin Kaepernick can’t even comprehend.
— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) September 10, 2017
The stadium went absolutely nuts, giving the man who has raised $30 million to rebuild their destroyed communities an incredible rock star welcome, rightfully stealing the spotlight from the anti-American clowns whose disgusting antics continue to make headlines at every single NFL game as of late.
If morons like Colin Kaepernick truly cared about America and wanted to be a positive force for “change” like they claim, they’d be first in line to help pass out boxes of food and supplies to these suffering victims. We as Americans need to stop allowing these kneeling idiots to hijack our favorite sport and give players like Watt the attention and praise he deserves, as he truly cares for Americans and is choosing to use his platform in such an incredible way.
J.J Watt is a truly amazing human being with a heart bigger than even Texas itself, and by the way, he conducts himself both on and off the field, it is clear that he will continue to be a shining beacon of hope for the return of American values in sports. Our nation needs more like him who are willing to put not only their money where their mouth is but also their time.
God Bless him!