February 21, 2018

NFL Names J.J. Watt the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year

Houston Texans J.J. Watt was named the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year at the NFL Honors awards show. Watt was recognized for raising over $37 million for relief efforts after the devastation that Hurricane Harvey caused in Houston and the surrounding areas. Watt used his social media presence to build donations over a short span of time before it topped out at the final number.

Prior to their week one game, Watt, and Texans teammates worked to deliver supplies to the city of Houston over multiple locations. The Texans were stranded in New Orleans when the hurricane made landfall and traveled to Dallas for their final preseason game before canceling it to come back to Houston to start relief efforts.

Watt teamed up with Americares, Feeding America, SBP, and Save the Children to put those donations toward helping the recovery efforts. With the selection, Watt is now in distinguished company among those who received the honor. Read More Here 

Watt will join the New Orleans Saints Drew Brees, Arizona Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald, Dallas Cowboys Jason Witten, and Carolina Panthers Thomas Davis, each of whom wore the Walter Payton Man of the Year patch on their jersey this past season.


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