Texans’ J.J. Watt rec­og­nized for his hur­ri­cane char­ity ef­forts

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HOUS­TON — J.J. Watt is be­ing hon­ored by the NFL Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion af­ter rais­ing more than $29 mil­lion for Hur­ri­cane Har­vey re­lief ef­forts.

Watt was named the NFLPA’s Com­mu­nity MVP on Fri­day for his work in the days since the hur­ri­cane and flood­ing dev­as­tated Hous­ton and much of south­east Texas. Watt an­nounced the fundrais­ing page with a video on Twitter af­ter Hous­ton’s pre­sea­son game against the Saints in Aug. 26, with a goal of col­lect­ing $200,000. As do­na­tions kept pour­ing in, he raised the goal again and again. The num­ber sky­rock­eted thanks to al­most 200,000 donors in­clud­ing Jimmy Fal­lon, Ellen DeGeneres, Drake and Hous­ton Rock­ets guard Chris Paul.

Watt also worked with his foun­da­tion to fill 12 semi-trucks with sup­plies, which were brought to Hous­ton and dis­trib­uted in part by Watt and his team­mates on Sun­day.

The NFLPA will con­trib­ute $10,000 to Watt’s foun­da­tion for the honor. He be­comes a semi­fi­nal­ist for the Byron Whizzer White Award, given an­nu­ally by the group to rec­og­nize char­i­ta­ble ef­forts of play­ers.

File, Brett Coomer / Hous­ton Chron­i­cle via AP

Anna Ucheo­mumu (left) high fives Hous­ton Texans de­fen­sive end J.J. Watt af­ter load­ing a car with re­lief sup­plies to help peo­ple im­pacted by Hur­ri­cane Har­vey, in Hous­ton.

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