JJ Watt arrives in Minneapolis for Man of the Year ceremony
MINNEAPOLIS – The Big Game is here and the big stars have arrived.
Texans lineman J.J. Watt was in Minneapolis on Friday, where he is a finalist for the prestigious Walter Payton Man of the Year award.
Watt was nominated for his work and efforts after Hurricane Harvey, raising $37 million in a span of 19 days.
"It’s such an honor and so humbling to be mentioned in the same sentence as Walter Payton,” Watt said. "At the same time, it’s also great to honor the people of Houston and everything they have been through -- the adversity and the people standing up and helping their fellow neighbor out.”
Watt was joined by the two other finalists -- Baltimore's Benjamin Watson and Carolina's Greg Olsen -- at the NFL'S fan forum along with Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Watt said it was a total team effort locally, nationally and across the NFL as the money he raised went directly to relief to efforts.
“It’s all about putting that positive spin on things and being able to turn a negative into a positive,” said Watt.
Watt was also asked what gift he could give back to his fans and his city.
“Besides winning the city a Super Bowl and uplifting them in that way is just making sure these recovery efforts go the right way," Watt said. "I’ve been working since the fundraiser, rebuilding hundreds of homes, providing daycare and providing food and shelter for people."
“We want these people to know we have not forgotten about them," Watt said. "Just because it’s not at the top of the news anymore we are still here and we are still thinking about them and still doing what we can to help."
The winner will be announced Saturday night.
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