J.J. Watt's Hurricane Harvey fundraising efforts surpass $26 million

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Contributions to JJ Watt fund tops $27 million
After a major donation from Texas grocery chain H-E-B, contributions to JJ Watt's Harvey fund is nearly $30 million.

HOUSTON -- The Hurricane Harvey fundraising effort led by Houston Texans star J.J. Watt surpassed $26 million after a $5 million donation from Texas grocer H-E-B.

"I'm going to leave the link open," Watt said in a video posted to Twitter last Thursday. "We are going to see how high we can get it. I can't say 'thank you' enough."

The Texans were on the road playing the New Orleans Saints last Saturday during the storm. For safety reasons, they flew into Dallas rather than back to Houston.

"It's very difficult," Texans star defensive end JJ Watt said in an emotional video last Sunday, "Not only because we have family and friends back there -- some guys have young kids, some guys have wives and families -- but that's our city. It's very tough to watch our city get hit by such a bad storm and not be there to help."

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The team announced on Twitter on Aug. 28 they donated $1 million to the United Way of Greater Houston Flood Relief Fund. The NFL also donated $1 million. Brian Cushing pledged $50,000 to USO Houston to provide support for our military members and first responders.