NFL Star JJ Watt Raises $10 Million for Hurricane Relief

The Houston Texan raised 50 times his initial goal

August 31, 2017
JJ Watt on Fox Sports "Garbage Time with Katie Nolan" broadcasting from Super Bowl LI on February 3, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

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With the help of over 100,000 donors, NFL superstar JJ Watt today surpassed $10 million in aid for victims of Hurricane Harvey.   

Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on Houston, pounding the city with record rainfall and washing out roads, highways, and entire neighborhoods in some areas. Once the storm made landfall, the face of the Houston Texans, JJ Watt, started an online fundraiser to aid victims of the storm. His initial goal was a modest $200,000. Within days, Watt upped the goal to $10 million. He took to social media this morning to thank those who donated with a simple message. 

$10 MILLION!!! Absolutely incredible. The most difficult times bring out the best in humanity.

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As of yesterday, Watt said trucks were being filled with food, water, clothing, generators, and other neccessities. He said the plan is for him and a few teammates to go deliver the donations around town on Sunday.