Texans Star JJ Watt Raises Over $500K for Harvey Relief

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt announced on Twitter that he was starting a fundraiser to help the recovery effort in Houston after Hurricane Harvey caused massive damage. Watt himself donated $100,000 to the cause.

(Published Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017)

People are answering Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt's call to help the people of Houston, who are dealing with record flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Since launching a fundraiser Sunday, the Texan has already raised more than $500,000. He said he is upping the goal to $1 million.

"Incredible to witness people coming together for the greater good of humanity," Watt tweeted.

He also thanked Houston Rockets' Chris Paul for donating $50,000 to put the fundraiser over the $500,000 mark.

Watt posted a video on his social media account Sunday afternoon saying he has been watching the news and seeing the damage the storm has caused back home is "very difficult."

"It’s very difficult not only because we have family and friends back there. Some guys have young kids, some have wives and families. But that’s our city. It’s very tough to watch your city get hit by such a bad storm and not being there to help," he continued.

Watt kicked off the fundraiser with his own donation of $100,000 saying "Houston, we're in this together."

"So if you can donate, please donate. Everybody in Houston, stay safe. Stay safe, we’re thinking about you. We’re going to come back. We’re going to help you out," the football star said.

The Houston Texans football team was forced to fly to Dallas Saturday night after playing in an exhibition game in New Orleans against the Saints. Right now it's unclear when the team may return to Houston.

Dramatic Images: Floods Hit as Harvey Drenches Texas
People are rescued from a flooded neighborhood after it was flooded with remnants of Harvey on Aug. 28, 2017, in Houston, Texas. Scott Olson/Getty Images