JJ Watt surprises former elementary teacher with trip to Houston for charity classic

WISCONSIN (KTRK) -- JJ Watt used his first Facebook Live to introduce his fans to the person who inspired him to become a football player.

Watt went to Wisconsin to surprise his fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Keefe, to celebrate her retirement after 41 years of teaching.

"She is my favorite teacher of all time, who happens to be the teacher who told me I could play for the Wisconsin Badgers, told me I could play for the NFL. She is one of the biggest inspirations for me. She's unbelievable," Watt said.

Watt walked up to her classroom and greeted Keefe with a big cake.

"What are you doing here," Keefe asked. "What's going on?"

"We brought a cake," Watt said.

"For what?"

Watt also surprised Keefe with some shoes and a trip to Houston for her and her husband for the annual charity classic game on Mother's Day weekend.

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Keefe turned to her students and told them about the time she told Watt he could be a Badger, but that he had to work hard.

"You can do whatever you want to do," Keefe said.

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