HOUSTON, TX – DECEMBER 24: J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans celebrates after the game between the Houston Texans and the Cincinnati Bengals at NRG Stadium on December 24, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

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.

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.


About Kevin McGuire

Contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Previously contributed to NBCSports.com. Host of the Locked On Nittany Lions Podcast. FWAA member and Philadelphia-area resident.