NFL Star J.J. Watt's Hurricane Harvey Fundraiser Has Been So Successful, He Keeps Having To Raise The Goal

"There are much bigger things than football going on."

The terrible flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey has inspired a number of public figures to donate money to organizations such as the Red Cross to help Houston residents who were forced out of their homes by the storm.

That includes NFL star J.J. Watt, defensive end for the Houston Texans, who was saddened by news reports out of his team's hometown and wanted to help. Watt posted a video to social media Sunday explaining that he was starting a YouCaring fundraiser, pledging $100,000 of his own money to get it started.

"That's our city. It's very tough to watch your city get hit by such a bad storm, and not be there to help," he says in the video, directing fans to the page and adding, "You can donate something small, you can donate something big. Whatever you can donate, please donate to help these people out."

"We will come out of this stronger than ever. We are Texans," Watt wrote in the fundraiser's description.

To say that Watt's fundraiser has been a huge success would be an understatement. The star has continued to update fans via social media, first sharing that the page raised $500,000 within 24 hours. So Watt raised the goal to $1 million. Since then, he's repeatedly raised it with each new milestone, until Tuesday night he posted that the page had raised $4 million, and he was changing the goal to $5 million.

As of this morning, the fundraiser broke that amount, and the goal has once again been raised, this time to $6 million. More than 50,000 people have donated, including Tennessee Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk, who the Washington Post reports donated $1 million to push the fundraiser past $3.25 million.

"That's from a team in our division, one of our rivals," Watt said of Strunk's donation on Twitter. "But stepping up for the greater good of the people, I cannot thank you enough."

It's no surprise that Watt has a generous heart, as just a few months ago he made headlines for throwing his fourth-grade teacher a retirement party. "There are much bigger things than football going on," he said in an interview with the Weather Channel. And clearly, his fans agree.

"I have no clue how big this thing can get, how much money we can raise," the star says in his latest video, "but I can promise I'm going to do every single thing that I can to make sure this money goes directly back to the people, and that we help rebuild Houston, that we help rebuild the areas around it, and that we make sure that these people get back on their feet."

Cover image via Instagram


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