Listen to Texans Respond as J.J. Watt Takes the Field After Raising $31 Million for Harvey Victims

Listen to Texans Respond as JJ Watt Takes the Field After Raising 31 Million for Harvey Victims

Texas has just begun the long recovery process after being hit by horrific storms and flooding as a result of a direct hit by Hurricane Harvey.

Dozens died and thousands were displaced because of the storm’s impact. Many of those were in the city of Houston, a location hit the hardest by 100-year flooding. One of the largest advocates on behalf of those suffering from the effects of the hurricane has been Houston Texans superstar J.J. Watt.

Watt began fundraising immediately after the storm began affecting his city. According to IJR reporting:

Watt himself started off by donating $100,000 to the fundraiser on Sunday.

Days later, and just hours after notifying people that his Houston Flood Relief Fund had raised over $7 million Wednesday afternoon, Watt tweeted that the number rose to over $8.5 million. He thanked Ellen DeGeneres for teaming up with Wal-Mart to donate $1 million.

Other major fundraising accelerators included Tennessee Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk pledging $1 million, Miley Cyrus donating $500,000, Drake donating $200,000, and Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul donating $50,000.

Watt has since raised more than $31 million to assist those in need in his city.

The funds have gone to food, water, and shelter for victims, some of which Watt has hand-delivered.

Sunday, in his first game in Houston since the devastation, many in the press wondered how Houston would respond in their NFL home opener after the tragedy:

All concerns were put aside when Watt took the field. He received a stunning hero’s welcome.

Just listen to the deafening cheers as he takes the field:

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