J.J. Watt meets 12-year-old fan featured in heartwarming video

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Texans fans will always remember JJ Watt's monster sack in the wild card win over the Bills, but for a family, it was what he did before the game that'll stick with them forever.

Before the game, Watt stood on NRG's field playing catch with two young fans. A moment Luke McCarthy won't forget.

"I honestly, couldn't even move," McCarthy recalled. "I was so excited because he is my hero."

Jeffrey and Luke McCarthy played catch with number 99, and received an autograph with a message.
"He signed, 'Work hard, dream big,'" Luke McCarthy read.

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The magical moment all started on Christmas. For a gift, Luke wanted to meet his hero, Watt. As he read a letter from his parents, the 12-year-old realized his dreams were coming true.

Luke's gift was tickets to Watt's charity classic in June. Watt saw the video and was so moved, he offered the family playoff tickets, along with a pre-game meeting.

"It was very exciting," Jeffrey McCarthy told ABC13.

"I never thought that I'd be able to play catch with him on this field," Luke McCarthy recalled. "I was just mesmerized."

Luke's father said his son was bullied when he was younger. Luke was encouraged when he saw Watt stand-up for another bullied kid.

It inspired him to like football, and play the same position as Watt.

"He's my hero," McCarthy said. "I just got to meet my hero."

Proof that heroes don't only wear capes, and no matter what happens in the game, a game of catch can be more memorable than any touchdown.

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