Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt announced Tuesday his fundraising effort to help victims of the hurricane surpassed $4 million. Earlier Tuesday, Watt announced the $2 million goal was met, which came after donations had cleared $1.5 million.
In addition to publicizing the cause, Watt donated $100,000 of his own money. Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul donated $50,000. Tennessee Titans owner and Houston native Amy Adams Strunk donated $1 million, per NFL reporter John Glennon.
"I think that it's been an unbelievable display of what can happen when people come together," Watt said, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. "Just to see how many people are sharing it, to see how many people are donating. Whether it's $5, whether it's $500, whatever it may be, to see so many people's support, to see so many people send the message, spread the message, it's incredible. And I think that's what Houston's all about. It's a very diverse city. It's a very resilient city. It's been through things like this before—maybe not of this magnitude, but it's been through these types of situations."