Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was named to Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people.
The list revealed Thursday recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the most influential individuals in the world.
Watt is singled out for his efforts helping the city of Houston recover from Hurricane Harvey. The 29-year-old raised over $37 million to help relief efforts after the storm devastated Houston and more of the southwest. He originally hoped to raise $200,000.
For his work, Watt was selected as the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year in February.
“Every few years, a professional athlete touches the heart and soul of a city in a way that has nothing to do with athleticism,” Houston mayor Sylvester Turner wrote in Time. “Such is the case with Houston Texans star J.J. Watt, who is a star on and off the field.
“Hurricane Harvey was a historic storm that dumped more than 50 inches of rain, damaged more than 300,000 homes and shattered lives. As Houston’s mayor, I led the response and resiliency efforts. But government can’t do everything for everyone. J.J. tackled Harvey’s destruction the same way he obliterates his opponents on the football field. He raised more than $37 million for hurricane recovery and delivered water, food and supplies to storm victims. In the process, he lifted the spirits of all Houstonians.
“Who knows? After I leave office, J.J. Watt could be drafted as the next mayor of Houston.”
Time’s list also features Kevin Durant of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors and tennis star Roger Federer.
–Field Level Media