J.J. Watt steps up to help fan with her grandpa’s funeral

Watt saw a tweet that a Houston Texans fan was selling some of her Watt gear and told her he would help out instead.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals defensive end JJ Watt showed once again why he was named the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2017 through an interaction with a fan of his former team on social media.

A woman named Jennifer, who lives in Texas and is a Houston Texans fan, tweeted that she is selling a pair of JJ Watt sneakers and a Watt Texans jersey to help with her grandfather’s funeral.

Watt responded just 20 minutes after this tweet was posted, telling Jennifer to keep her shoes and leotard and that he and his wife Kealia would help with the funeral.

Jennifer responded, saying, “I fucking love you man. It’s been a tough year for me and this last month has been tough since passing. I wish I could tell you my story.”

Sharing on Twitter has exploded as JJ’s tweet received more than 28,000 likes and more than 2,000 retweets.

Jennifer, we at 12News join JJ in sending you our condolences.

We’ll keep you posted when JJ and Jennifer get together so she can share her story.

This is the second time in the past year that Watt has offered to help pay for funerals. He also paid for the funerals for six people who died in a car crash at a Wisconsin Christmas parade last November.

Watt has also paid for funerals for victims of the 2018 Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas.

He was named Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2017 after raising $37 million for Hurricane Harvey victims.

JJ will join his Arizona Cardinal teammates in training camp, which begins next Tuesday.

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