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J.J. Watt dissuades woman from selling merch to pay for grandfather’s funeral, says he’ll help with expenses

J.J. Watt dissuades woman from selling merch to pay for grandfather’s funeral, says he’ll help with expenses

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J.J. Watt isn’t new to the world of charity work. Late on Wednesday, the 2017 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year made Twitter a slightly more bearable place, living up to his title.

Despite being tagged by a lady who was selling Watt memorabilia to raise money for her grandfather’s funeral, Cardinals defensive end Watt told her to keep the goods.

His message was straightforward. “We will assist with the burial expenses, so there is no need to sell your shoes and shirt. I’m sorry for your loss.”

Even though she only had 70 Twitter followers at the time of this writing, Watt inspired a flood of goodwill toward the woman. Several others offered to send her money to help her pay for the funeral.

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Don’t go hawking your sneakers and jersey just yet; we’ll chip in for the burial costs. Please accept my condolences on your sad loss. https://t.co/gMttmVGZCL Twitter post from J.J. Watt. July 21, 2022

Watt is the leader of the J.J. Watt Foundation, an organization that offers after-school programs for children in the middle school age range. As a member of the Texans, he was a tremendous force for good in the Houston community. Two orphaned children were among the first he and the crew visited after the tragedy. He also visited their sister, who wasn’t hospitalized. Perhaps more notably, he helped raise over $37 million in aid after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area.

After Hurricane Harvey in 2017, J.J. Watt’s donations to the relief effort were the largest in history.

Just last year, Watt covered the funeral expenses of six people who were killed in Waukesha, Wis., when a car hurdled into a crowd. Sixty-two people were injured.

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Although Watt is starting to make a name for himself in the Phoenix region, he will always be a hero to Houstonians. It’s good to know, however, that his penchant for random acts of kindness has never left him — even the ones that crop up at 11 p.m. on Twitter.

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