J.J. Watt is not one to forget about everyone who helped him get where he is today. One of the first people to give the Houston Texans’ star the confidence needed at a young age to set his goals and work hard to achieve them was his fourth-grade teacher, Judy Keefe. With Keefe getting set to retire at the end of the school year, Watt returned to his old school and surprised his favorite teacher with some cake and gifts.
My 4th grade teacher Mrs. Keefe is retiring after 41 years of teaching. She was one of the first people to believe in my dream of playing for the Badgers and eventually the NFL and she has taught, inspired and motivated many others. She is incredible and I couldn't be more thankful to still have her in my life. We surprised her with a cake, some shoes and a trip to Houston for her and her husband for the Charity Classic. The full video is on my Facebook page. Thank you Mrs. Keefe for everything that you have done, not only for myself, but for all of your students over the last 41 years. You truly are one of a kind.
You have to love the fact Watt took it upon himself to pay his respects to one of his elementary school teachers like this. Better yet, he shared the whole experience live on Facebook for all of his fans to get a chance to see the connection he had with Keefe. The video may go on a little long as Watt starts to cut up the slices of cake to hand out to the students in Keefe’s class, but the pure joy and emotion seen shared by Watt and Keefe is quite touching. It’s also impressive that Watt managed to maneuver up the stairs in the school without dropping the cake.
Somewhere out there, there is a fourth-grade teacher telling one of his or her students that they too can achieve their dream of doing whatever they want.