Without Saying A Word, NFL Star J.J. Watt Donated $10,000 To A Family In Need

Watt has a personal connection to their story.

NFL player J.J. Watt may play for the Houston Texans, but he was born and raised in Wisconsin. That's what makes his most recent act of generosity so meaningful. After a Wisconsin firefighter was killed in an explosion this week, Watt quietly donated $10,000 to a GoFundMe campaign for his family.


The family of Cory Barr, a captain in the Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department, also lost their restaurant in the blast, which was caused by a gas leak, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. Barr leaves behind a wife and two daughters. A Twitter user directed Watt to a fundraiser for the family, started by their local church, and asked him to "do what you can."

According to Yahoo, soon after he was alerted to the campaign, a $10,000 donation appeared from Justin Watt, which is his given name. The gesture is especially meaningful not only because he grew up in Wisconsin, but also because Watt's own father was a firefighter. 

Watt didn't mention the donation on social media or elsewhere. The campaign for Barr has now raised almost $100,000. According to Yahoo, the original goal was $15,000. In the first four hours, almost $40,000 was reportedly raised for the family.

In 2016, Watt also donated $10,000 to a GoFundMe campaign for a high school football player who required emergency brain surgery. And that only scratches the surface of his generosity. Last year, he raised millions of dollars for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

More recently, Watt offered to pay for the funerals of those who died in a school shooting at Santa Fe High School near Houston in May. It's nice to see that the athlete continues to give back not only to his adopted state but also to his Wisconsin roots.

Cover image: John Lamparski / WireImage


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