J.J. Watt Starts His Own Harvey Relief Fund And Raises Money In A Hurry

Ron Dicker
J.J. Watt Starts His Own Harvey Relief Fund And Raises Money In A Hurry

J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans is tackling the disaster left by the catastrophic storm Harvey with the same passion he uses to pursue quarterbacks.

The star defensive end, stranded in Dallas Sunday because the team could not not return to flooded Houston from its preseason game in New Orleans the previous day, launched a YouCaring.com page and made a heartfelt plea for donors on social media, USA Today reported.

“I know that there’s going to be a whole bunch of people that we need to help get back on their feet,” he said. “I know there’s going to be a lot we need to do to help rebuild.”

Fans quickly raised the first $100,000 that Watt pledged to match. Four hours in, the website crashed but its CEO told the Texans it was increasing bandwidth to meet the demand, according to Sports Illustrated.

As of early Monday, donations had surpassed $290,000

Incredible to see so many people come together on this,” Watt told SI.

Visit here for other ways to help victims of Harvey.

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  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.