Houston Texans star J.J. Watt, who was named the NFL’s Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, is being honored once again for his incredible work off the field.
This week, Baylor University announced that the defensive end will be receiving an honorary doctorate degree from the school for his relief efforts in Houston and surrounding areas following Hurricane Harvey last year.
“In the year following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and the community’s incredible response, it was most fitting to honor two community leaders who contributed in major ways, Dr. Persse and J.J. Watt,” Baylor president Paul Klotman said in a statement. “Our graduates and their families can take important lessons from these honorary degree recipients.”
Watt will receive a Doctor of Humanities in Medicine degree at Baylor’s commencement in May, according to ESPN.com.
Following the hurricane, Watt began a fundraising campaign on social media that raised more than $37 million for the relief efforts.