Talk about well deserved!
Houston Texans running back J.J. Watt is being recognized in a big way for his extraordinary humanitarian efforts following Hurricane Harvey.
On Tuesday, ESPN announced that the 29-year-old defensive end has been named a finalist for the 2018 Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award. The winner of the coveted award will be announced July 17, a day ahead of the sports network's annual ESPY Awards.
According to ESPN, the award ceremony, televised on July 24 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, honors athletes, teams and sports industry professionals “who use the power of sport to make a difference in the world.”
Other finalists include Doug Baldwin of the Seattle Seahawks, John Cena of the WWE, and Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors.
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Watt’s post-Harvey fundraiser to help Houston-area families impacted by the record-breaking floods raised a mind-blowing $37 million—a number that far exceeded his original $200,000 goal. The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year came to the aid of his fellow Texans yet again a few months later, when he volunteered to pay for the funerals of the victims of the Santa Fe school shooting in May.
Now that’s what we call well deserved!