Student Had to Wear Makeshift Version of JJ Watt's Jersey — So NFL Star Sending Him a 'Real One'
JJ Watt to the rescue!
The Houston Texans defensive end is making sure one local boy can rep the team after seeing the student wearing a makeshift version of his #99 jersey.
In an Instagram photo on Tuesday, a 4th grade teacher at Moore Elementary in Houston named Malinda Ross posed alongside two students. Ross wore Watt’s jersey, as did another young student in the picture. A boy posing with them had on a blue t-shirt with the number 99 cut out of white paper and safety-pinned on.
“99th day of school @MooreCFISD! Any excuse to wear @JJWatt jerseys and jeans! #bemoore,” wrote Ross.
In response, the 29-year-old tweeted, “My man in the middle making the extra effort!!”
Watt then instructed Ross to “DM me an address,” assuring, “I’ll make sure we get him a real jersey!”
“Hope everyone over there has a great 99th day of school!”
Watt is known for giving back to his community — and beyond.
In the wake of the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Watt’s the Justin J. Watt Foundation raised and distributed $41.6 million to those affected between 2017 and August 2018, according to the NFL.
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And in May 2018, Watt offered to pay for the funerals of those who were killed in the tragic shooting at a Santa Fe, Texas high school, PEOPLE confirmed at the time.