JJ Watt Offers to Pay for Funeral So Fan Can Keep Her ...
JJ Watts offered to help a fan pay for a fan's grandfather's funeral after they tweeted they would have to sell a jersey and shoes from the player to afford funeral costs.
On Wednesday Jennifer Simpson tweeted asked if anyone would want to buy a pair of sneakers part of the Watt and Reebok collaboration and a Watt Texan's jersey in order to pay for her grandfather's funeral.
Simpson tweeted in late June telling followers she had lost her grandfather unexpectedly and funeral costs were high. She started a Facebook fundraiser for $10,000 hoping to raise money for the funeral but only raised approximately $600.
Every day on Twitter, Simpson pleaded for help so she could give her grandfather a proper burial. In one post, she said she was hosting a bake sale in Houston to help acquire funds.
Immediately Watt was met with praise for stepping up to help Simpson cover the costs of her grandfather's funeral.
"JJ Watt, ladies and gentlemen. One of the greatest men who ever played a professional sport." A Twitter user wrote.
"Class……. JJ Watt is a prime example of what is right about not only being a professional athlete, but also a human being." Kyle tweeted.
"We in Wisconsin have know of the kindness that is JJ Watt well before the NFL, so offering to pay for a funeral is no surprise. JJ supported Colin Kaepernick in kneeling because he believed that there is inequality in the US with race & cultures. JJ Watt is one of the good ones", Laurie tweeted.
\u201cHere is an except from JJ Watt when he was defending Colin Kaepernick kneeling and acknowledging the fact that Black Lives Matter.\n\nYes he is a good dude.\u201d
Watt is known for his philanthropic endeavors. His organization, Justin J. Watt Foundation provides after school athletic activities in communities across the country. He helped raise and donate to people affected by Hurricane Harvey, he offered to pay for funeral expenses of the children killed in the Santa Fe High School shooting, and more.