In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Houston has suffered from massive and unprecedented flooding. That’s been the major story of the weekend, and will continue to be the major story, even as the news cycle moves forward.
The devastation caused from Hurricane Harvey has forced Thursday’s preseason game between the Texans and Cowboys to be moved from Houston to Arlington.
J.J. Watt is as close to a face of the NFL as there is, and he thinks there should at least be a strong element of fundraising at Thursday’s game for hurricane victims:
Watt did not say whether he thought the game should be canceled instead of being moved, but said, “there are much bigger things at hand, absolutely.”
“I think that the most important thing right now is the family and friends and the city of Houston back home,” Watt said. “Making sure they’re safe, making sure they’re taken care of.
“And if there is something played this week, I think we should definitely involve some sort of fundraiser, some sort of way to benefit the people back home. Because like I said, this is a much bigger issue than just a football game.”
Watt has already raised more than $500,000 for hurricane relief charities, and it does make sense that a large part of the proceedings should go towards charity.
Hit $500k within 24 hours.
I've raised the goal to $1 million.
Incredible to witness people coming together for the greater good of humanity pic.twitter.com/ZGllA96pwD
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) August 28, 2017
It would behoove the league to write a check. There’s obviously plenty of money to go around, after all.