The NFL regular season hasn’t even started, but ask most people who they think the league’s MVP is, and they’ll tell you it’s J.J. Watt.

That’s because right after Hurricane Harvey slammed the coastline, leaving 35 dead and many more in southeastern Texas stranded in flooded homes, Watt started his Hurricane Harvey fundraising relief page, which now has a running total of more than $8.7 million.

Just prior to the Houston Texans leaving Dallas to return home and help with relief efforts, Watt spoke about the grace and kindness that’s overflowed in this devastating natural disaster.

“It’s been extremely difficult to watch but it’s been unbelievably motivational to see firefighters, policeman, everyday citizens on boats helping each other out, lifting each other up,” Watt said. “It’s an unbelievable thing to witness what happens in a time of crisis. The most difficult times bring out the best in humanity. I think that’s what we’re seeing right now — humans helping humans. It doesn’t matter rich, poor, black, white — it doesn’t matter. Everyone is helping everyone. I think that’s what is most important in times like this. It’s incredible to witness.” (

Watt’s goal is to raise at least $10 million dollars for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. People from all corners of the country have contributed to the cause. Whether it’s a $5 donation or a $50,000 donation, all funds mean the world to those who have lost so much.

The four-time Pro Bowler and three-time Defensive Player of the Year was even surprised Wednesday by Ellen Degeneres with a $1 million donation.


There’s no telling yet how much it will take to get the city back on its feet, but it’s already on its way if you’re measuring in heart and humanity.