17 melt-your-heart moments with J.J. Watt and his fans
Seriously, with moments like these, how can anybody not love this guy?
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J.J. Watt is a superhero to countless kids on the field, but during one visit to a local hospital, he proved he was a superhero off the field as well.
Watch him Whip. Watch him Nae Nae.
Not only did Watt surprise young fans at a local YMCA just by showing up, he also surprised them by showing off his dance moves, or, more accurately, his attempt at the latest dance moves.
Sealed with a kiss
Watt would probably mind if people tried to steal a kiss from him, but for this little girl, he seemed happy to make an exception.
Many young football players want to grow up to be JJ Watt, but not this one. He wants to grow up to be better than J.J. Watt. After this kid sent Watt his autograph, the Texans defensive end returned the favor and sent the youngster autographed swag of his own.
You are the father.
What can make the best news that you’re about to become a father even better? Being told the news by one the NFL's biggest stars.
Get well soon
After hearing 11-year-old Manuel Jiminez was injured in a drive-by shooting, Watt took some time off from preparing for the week's game to visit Jiminez in the hospital and play a little video games.
When one fan asked the Houston Texans' star if he would write a note for her to get out of work on a Friday to attend his charity softball game, Watt was happy to oblige, respectfully of course.
A normal day
After hearing there were some students from Sandy Hook Elementary School were in Houston a couple weeks after the tragedy, Watt invited them down to the Texans field to play around with Watt and a few teammates. 'I just kind of wanted to give them as normal a day as possible,' he said of the moment.
J.J. Watt Cristian robot.
Watt may play like a machine on Sundays, there's another machine named "Watt" that inspired this moment. During 12-year-old Cristian Beasley's battle with leukemia, he was not able to attend school. But thanks to his robot (which he named after his favorite football player), he was still able to participate in class. When the real Watt heard his story, a special home visit was in order.
Watt’s father and uncle were firefighters, so he knows how strenuous the job can be. And as a token for his appreciation, Watt sent pizzas to Houston-area police stations and fire departments as a thank you for their hard work. To read the full note, click here.
During an interview, JD Manuel's mom described her son as the Houston Texans No. 1 fan. His dream, she said, was to attend a game to watch his favorite player. Manuel has spinal muscular atrophy and has to rely on a wheelchair and life support, so attending a football game isn't an easy feat. Enter J.J. Watt who invited the family to the last game of the 2014 season and spent time with Manuel's family.
Photo via Jennifer Hale
When a young man named Trey told his friends he was buddies with J.J. Watt, they didn’t believe him. So, Watt posted a video on his Instagram account to prove Trey was telling the truth.
Before Houston Texans games, Watt can be seen going down the sideline, tossing the football with kids that were lucky enough to get field access. Most of them are just delighted to get to share the experience with the NFL Defensive MVP, but this little guy decided a simple back-and-forth wasn't enough.
Now that's talent
J.J. Watt was so impressed by 12-year-old Nicholas Connor's rendition of the National Anthem before a Houston Rockets' game, he ran onto the court to tell him how awesome he was. The shock on Connor's face says it all.
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Up, up & away
See, there are perks to sitting in the upper deck. Why let all the field-side ticketholders have all the fun? Watt included a few fans in the 'cheap' seats in on the action when he played catch with them during a preseason game.
A modest proposal
While many women may be upset they can’t marry J.J. Watt, one adoring fan can say that she did, even if it was just pretend and for one day. After a video of 6-year-old Breanna went viral of her crying when she learned she was too young to marry the then-25-year-old NFL player, Watt found her family and participated in a pretend engagement and wedding with his fan.
Out of this world
There are no limits J.J. Watt wouldn't go to give back to fans. Even if that's to the International Space Station.