Football star J.J. Watt opened up about his fundraising efforts to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, saying he learned “when things look the bleakest, humanity steps up for each other.” Watt made the realization after the campaign he started raised more than $27 million with donations from over 160,000 people.
“Just to see the snowball effect, and to see how much good there is out there, and how many people wanted to get involved was … incredible,” Watt said in an interview with “Good Morning America” co-anchor Michael Strahan.
The star defender for the Houston Texans said he was initially “hoping to raise $200,000, and … now we’re over $27 million.”
“In a time like this, when things are so difficult, you wouldn’t think that seeing your favorite football player would matter all that much,” Watt said. “But something as small as a smile, something like a handshake, a selfie … these people just light up.”
So today, we want to give a big Moore Benefits shoutout to a guy who truly rules—both on and off of the football field, J.J. Watt.