J.J. Watt has been away from the field most of this season while he’s coming back from a serious injury, but the All Pro defensive lineman for the Houston Texans hasn’t stayed away from his philanthropic side.
When Watt heard what happened to high-school football player Grant Milton, he went to work. Milton, a senior linebacker at The Woodlands (Texas) High School, required emergency surgery after suffering a serious injury in a playoff game on Saturday. Milton remains in a coma now in a Houston-area hospital.
The family gave an update on his status on Wednesday morning: “The recent scan shows his brain stem has now returned to normal form. … Grant is still breathing over the ventilator which makes us hopeful that at some point he can breath on his own but it will be some time before we get to that point.”
Word on the story got out, and Watt heard about Milton’s plight. The NFL star donated $10,000 and helped spread the word about his situation.
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A GoFundMe page was started for Milton — one that Watt retweeted a link for — and in two days, more than $75,000 has been raised to help him and his family with medical costs. Watt donated and left this note: “If there’s anything that I can do to help, please let me know. Sending my best wishes to Grant and the entire Milton family.”
“Obviously that doesn’t surprise me at all,” Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said. “J.J.’s somebody who cares very much about the community, individual kids. JJ loves high school football. … And I’m sure he feels horrible about what happened to that young man. And so I think it doesn’t surprise me at all. I think for every one story you hear about J.J. doing that, or [any player] doing that, there’s probably 10 other stories that you’ve never heard about. And I think that’s what makes it pretty neat.”
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