HOUSTON, Texas (KETK) – Once again, J.J. Watt is proving that he is as much a superstar off the football field as on.
The Houston Texans defensive end has offered to pay for funerals for the Santa Fe High School shooting victims, according to multiple press reports.
At least 10 people were killed and another 10 injured in Friday’s shooting.
Officials say a 17-year-old student armed with a shotgun and a pistol went on a rampage Friday morning at his school outside Houston, killing 10 people, mostly students, before surrendering to the officers who confronted him.
Like so many others, Watt took to Twitter to express his horror at the shooting.
But his reaction went beyond those few words.
Watt, who entered the NFL in 2011 and has played with the Texans his whole career, has long been known as much for his commitment to the Houston community and his humanitarian efforts.
After Hurricane Harvey hit and devastated much of Southeast Texas last fall, he raised some $37 million for relief for victims. He launched the fundraising campaign on social media, setting a goal of $200,000 and pledging to match the first $100,000 raised. It took less than 3 weeks for the effort to soar past that goal.
In February, Watt was named the NFL’s Walter Peyton Man of tge Year for his humanitarian efforts.
His team, echoing his horror at Friday’s shooting, posted a statement in support of the Santa Fe community on Facebook: