About 20 minutes after she posted her tweet, Watt responded. The previous Texans famous person, who performed in Houston for 10 seasons earlier than becoming a member of the Cardinals and has 5.6 million Twitter followers, informed Simpson to maintain the gear and that he would assist finance the service himself.
The following day, Simpson, an English instructor at Brazosport Excessive in Freeport, Tex., tweeted that she’d woken up inundated with love and help from strangers who noticed Watt’s tweet. Simpson additionally tweeted, “I hope I by no means need to half methods with 99!”
I posted final night time making an attempt to promote beneficial objects to boost cash. I wakened overwhelmed by the love and help of people that don’t even know my grandpas story. My household is so grateful for you all!
— Jennifer Simpson (@JSimpson2014) July 21, 2022
Even after his transfer from the Texans to the Cardinals earlier than final season, the three-time defensive participant of the yr has maintained his charitable hyperlinks to his former residence.
Watt’s most notable act in that neighborhood got here in 2017, within the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. That Category 4 storm, which dropped greater than 50 inches of rain on some areas of the coastal metropolis, led to the deaths of greater than 100 individuals and resulted in additional than $125 billion value of injury. In response, the J.J. Watt Basis raised $41.6 million for reduction efforts, the largest crowdsourced fundraiser in history.
For his efforts, Watt was awarded the 2017 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Yr Award.
“The connection I’ve with the individuals of Houston is particular, and I’ll by no means take that without any consideration as a result of I understand how uncommon it’s,” Watt said in a video in February 2021, following his launch from the Texans. “I simply need you to know that I really like you and I admire you.”
Watt’s basis has additionally raised greater than $6.5 million for after-school athletic packages in 39 states and D.C. since Watt’s rookie yr in 2011, per the organization’s website. The longer term Corridor of Famer additionally been hands-on along with his charity work, from visiting and befriending youngster victims of a automobile crash in 2011 to fulfilling the Christmas want lists of greater than 100 ladies and kids on the Mission of Yahweh shelter in Houston in 2019.
When his launch from the Texans was introduced, grateful followers responded with a torrent of $99 donations, in honor of his jersey quantity.
“Youngsters everywhere in the nation will profit out of your generosity,” he mentioned in a tweet. “I’m actually grateful.”
Waking up this morning to a flood of $99 donations to @WattFoundation from Houston and cities everywhere in the nation (presumably makes an attempt at bribes, judging by the messages hooked up with some 😂)
Youngsters everywhere in the nation will profit out of your generosity.
I’m actually grateful.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) February 13, 2021