Amazing act of kindness links two fans of JJ Watt and the Houston Texans

August 9, 2013 5:24:02 PM PDT
Nine-year-old Kanye Ortiz and 15-year-old Zuriel Equivel are buddies. They haven't known each other long, but they met over a love for Texans football and defensive end JJ Watt.

"He has a good personality," said Zuriel. He likes working with kids, especially disabled kids."

Zuriel has spina bifida and is in a wheelchair. He met Kanye at Texans training camp, both desperate to get their footballs signed by number 99.

"I saw that he had his football, but couldn't get it signed," said Kanye "Then I got mine signed so I felt really bad for him. So I'm like, man, I'm just gonna give my football away."

"To me, it was a really proud moment as a mother, to see my son doing that from the bottom of his heart," said Cynthia Pina, Kanye's mother. "And I didn't have anything to do with it. He just did it."

Zuriel keeps that autographed football in a glass case in his room and looks at it first thing when we wakes up each morning.

"I think of Kanye," said Zuriel. "Then I think of JJ Watt."

"It's gonna be special to him," said Andrea Sanchez, Zuriel's sister. "Every time someone sees that ball, they're going to ask him. It's always gonna be that story behind it until he grows older."

Their story is capturing the hearts of thousands. Their own lives are forever changed.

"I believe that God was working through Kanye to make someone happy," said Cynthia.

Ahead of tonight's game, these new buddies have a joint message for the Texans and the man who brought them together, JJ Watt.

"JJ Watt, good luck on your game," said Zuriel. "I wish me and Kanye can meet you one day and hang around with you for a full day. We're your number one fans."

"Good luck on your game and win and beat the Minnesota Vikings," added Kanye.

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