NFL Star Steps Up In Big Way For Grieving Fan

J.J. Watt Proves just how good of a role model he is, again! This time Watts has stepped in to help Teacher and Houston Texans fan Jennifer Simpson (@jsimpson2014). Simpson listed two items for sale, a J.J. Watt women’s jersey and a pair of Reebok J.J. Watt women’s edition shoes, in order to help pay funeral costs for her grandfather.  Ms. Simpson got the surprise of her life when, instead of offers on her items, Watt himself stepped in to help.

Watt, who was a first-round draft pick for the Texans in 2011 and is currently a defensive end with the Arizona Cardinals, responded to Simpson’s sales notice and offered to help with the funeral costs.

“I have a pair of @JJWatt womens edition of Reebok shoes size 9 $60. I’ve worn them twice,” Simpson tweeted, along with a photo of the shoes. “They are great shoes, I’m only selling because we are raising money for my grandpa’s funeral. I also have a Watt womens XL Texans Jersey $30. Anyone interested?”

Watt himself replied to Simpson’s plea within minutes, offering to help pay the costs of the funeral. Letting her know she did not have to part with her gear.

Watt tweeted: “Don’t sell your shoes and jersey, we’ll help with the funeral,” and  “I’m sorry for your loss.”

Many others responded to the twitter exchange.

Dick’s Sporting Goods responded to Watt’s offer, saying simply, “What. A. Guy.”

“Is there a go-fund me? @RodneyPeete9 and I want to contribute too,” actress Holly Robinson Pete added.

Milwaukee sports anchor Lance Allan tweeted, “Incredible gesture by the pride of Pewaukee. We’ve come to expect this from @JJWatt but we should talk about doing the right thing more often.”

“I can’t tell you guys how proud I am that this guy is part of the @walterpayton @NFL Man of the Year Award family. JJ has a huge heart,” Jarrett Payton added.

This isnt the first time Watt has stepped up to help those in need. When devastation hit the Houston area Watt started a fundraiser for victims impacted by Hurricane Harvey that ultimately raised over $37 million. He then joined volunteers on the ground, helping to collect and distribute donations himself.

Reports claim that Watt, who attended high school in Wisconsin, covered funeral costs for the victims of the Waukesha Christmas parade tragedy.

“Just now seeing what happened at the holiday parade back home in Waukesha tonight. Horrific images. Truly hoping everyone is going to be ok and those not involved are now safe. Thankful to everyone who rushed to action and helped the wounded,” Watt tweeted at the time.


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