NFL Star JJ Watt Raises $10 Million for Hurricane Relief

People take shelter from Harvey at the George R. Brown Convention Center

NFL Star JJ Watt Raises $10 Million for Hurricane Relief

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is calling on anyone to help the people of Houston after Hurricane Harvey devastated the city with record flooding.

He says, "it's unbelievable", and that there is still work to be done.

The team had planned to fly back to Houston from a preseason game Saturday in New Orleans, but to "ensure the safety of our players, coaches and staff", went to Dallas instead and will play a preseason match-up with the Dallas Cowboys there Thursday night instead of on their home field.

California-based Sempra Energy, which has natural gas operations along the Gulf Coast, has pledged up to $250,000 to help victims of the historic-scale storm. "I think the people are in bad shape and they need help". And so when it became available to us, we've got so many guys on the team that are distracted by all of the events and circumstances and things that are happening at home that it became increasingly more hard from our perspective to ask those guys to go out and try to play a football game. His fund has now reached $5.1 million dollars after he originally set out to raise just $200,000.

Additionally, Houston Rockets owner, Leslie Alexander, has donated $10 million, Sandra Bullock pledged $1 million of her own money and the Kardashians have also donated $500,000 to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

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"We can't help physically, so we're going to help raise that money, we're going to try to make sure that we get a jump-start on it", Watt said. "We're going to come out of this stronger than ever". Half of the amount is to be directed to the American Red Cross, while the other half would go to "local nonprofits focused on recovery and relief efforts in Texas in the coming days and weeks". And we want to be there. We're going to come back.

A man directs a rescue boat to people in need of rescue at an apartment complex after it was inundated with water following Hurricane Harvey on August 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

"I have no words", Watt said. A person tweeted a photo of child sleeping atop a grocery cart, saying, "my baby brother, stepmom [and] a couple more people ... were forced to swim out [of] their houses". It's a very diverse city. For his part, Houston native Trae Tha Truth hopped on a boat and made his way to the frontlines, paddling his way around the city to help survivors and those trying to assist them.

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