JJ Watt is the heart and soul of the Houston Texans.
And after his incredible fundraising efforts to help the victims and families of those who were impacted by the catastrophic flooding in the city and surrounding areas caused by Hurricane Harvey, Watt has become Houston’s favorite son.
On Sunday afternoon, after running onto the field waving the Texas state flag, Watt perfectly embodied the Houston spirit with a gutsy performance.
Fans didn’t know at the time, but Watt was playing the game with one of his bones sticking through his finger.
Watt injured his finger during the game, but simply had it taped up and kept on pushing through.
“I felt fine,” Watt said, via the Houston Chronicle. “I messed up my finger a little bit, but other than that my body felt fine. Just busted the bone through the skin. Nothing bad, just tape it up.”
Nothing was going to stop Watt from playing in that game.
At a time that the city is recovering from the storm and beginning to rebuild, Watt’s toughness is incredibly symbolic.
Unfortunately, the Texans didn’t come away with the win, but they still gave the home fans plenty to cheer about as they took their minds off of recent events for a few hours.