Justin James (J.J.) Watt Houston Texas Defensive End

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JJ Watt Foundation

J.J. Watt is a very good and very popular defensive end who plays for the Houston Texans. In February 2016 J.J. Watt  won The Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year award for the third time and he is not only known for his excellent football prowess but also for his philanthropic endeavors.

J.J. was born March 22, 1989 in Waukesha Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Watt decided to forgo his senior season and entered the 2011 NFL Draft. At the 2011 NFL Combine, Watt completed the 40 yard dash in 4.84 seconds, did 34 reps on the bench press, recorded a 37-inch vertical jump and 120 broad jump, completed the three cone drill in 6.88 seconds, and finished the 20 yard shuttle in 4.21 seconds. Watt was a top performer in all categories, except the 40 yard dash. On April 28, 2011, he was selected in the first round by the Houston Texans and was the 11th pick overall. The Texans signed Watt to a four-year, $11.24 million contract on July 31, 2011.

Watt is the president and founder of the Justin J. Watt Foundation, a charity organization that provides after-school opportunities for children in various communities, in order for them to get involved in athletics in a safe environment. This foundation’s motto, “Dream Big, Work Hard” is sold on wrist bands and t-shirts. Since this foundation was launched in 2010, Watt has raised over $1 million. Most of the schools that benefit from the fundraising are in Texas and Wisconsin but are not limited to these states. Recently, donations have expanded to Alabama, Illinois, and California. Watt’s mother, Connie, is the vice president of the organization. Watt and the J.J. Watt Foundation host a Charity Classic, Run/Walk, Golf Outing, and Tailgate annually. The Charity Classic is a softball game held at Constellation Field, in Sugar Land, Texas, in which Texans players participate in a game, and Home Run Derby to raise money for the foundation. The inaugural Charity Classic game was in 2013, and the 2014 Charity Classic raised over $436,433 towards his foundation. On August 26, 2014, Watt received the Texans Spirit of the Bull Community Award. On November 14, 2014, Watt was nominated for the NFL’s Salute to Service Award that honors either a coach, player, or owner for their efforts in supporting the country’s service men and women. Due to the extremely good turnout in 2015, the annual Charity Classic has been moved to Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros. In 2015, over $640,000 dollars were raised. This is almost double the amount of money raised in the previous year.

J.J. Watt is also known for his interactions with children. On July 2, 2011, The Berry Family was traveling home from a vacation in Colorado Springs. The parents, Joshua and Robin Berry were killed in a head-on collision while also leaving their two sons, Peter and Aaron handicapped. Their daughter, Willa, suffered minor injuries. In 2012, following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conneticut, Watt found out some of the families that were affected were in the Houston area. He invited them out on the field to hang out and throw the football. He then proceeded to give them signed merchandise that he had worn in previous games. In October 2015, he dressed up as Batman to surprise kids at the Texas Children’s Hospital for a Halloween party.

Watt is often seen in commercials including HEB, Verizon. Papa John’s and insurance companies. On July 22, 2015, Watt was named the Vice-President of Power Relations for Reliant. Reliant is a retail electric provider in Texas, also a subsidiary of NRG Energy Inc.

Watt is extremely popular for his work ethic on and off the playing field, for his friendly personality and his role model status for kids.

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