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Posted: September 06, 2017

J.J. Watt’s Harvey fundraising pushes past $20 million


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J.J. Watt’s Harvey fundraising pushes past $20 million
FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2017, file photo, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt warms up before an NFL football preseason game against the New England Patriots, in Houston. The Texans play their first game of the season on Sept. 10 against Jacksonville. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

By Matt Winkeljohn, Austin American-Statesman

HOUSTON —

J.J. Watt’s rush to continue raising money for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and the historic flooding in and around Houston that followed the Aug. 25-30 storm broke the $20 million mark, as his online crowdfunding site pushed past that threshold about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to USA Today.

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Watt pledged $100,000 to the Red Cross fund when he started it with the goal of raising $200,000.

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“It’s such a testament to the people out there," Watt said Sunday after donations of $1 million from Tennessee Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk, $1 million from Walmart, $200,000 from hip-hop artist Drake and $50,000 from NBA star Chris Paul.

Watt, an all-pro defensive end for the Houston Texans, said Sunday when the total raised was at $17 million. “It’s such a testament to how much good there is in the world.’’

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Many NFL owners and players have pledged money to Harvey victims, including Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who has committed $1 million.


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