When J.J. Watt isn’t on the field tormenting opposing quarterbacks, he’s off the field giving back to the community. The star defensive end donated $10,000 to a high school football player in the Houston area who is currently in a coma after suffering a brutal injury in a game last weekend.
Grant Milton, a senior linebacker at The Woodlands High School, was injured in a playoff game on Saturday which resulted in him needing emergency surgery.
While Grant’s family is dealing with the injury he sustained, a GoFundMe page was created to accept any donations towards medical costs and living expenses. Watt also wrote a note with his donation, which said, “If there’s anything I can do to help, please let me know. Sending my best wishes to Grant and the entire Milton family.”
Watt then preceded to retweet the link to the page, with the intention of encouraging others to help out as well. Texans head coach Bill O’Brien isn’t surprised by Watt’s display of generosity.
“Obviously that doesn’t surprise me at all,” O’Brien said. “J.J.’s somebody who cares very much about the community, individual kids. J.J. loves high school football. … I think for every 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.”
The Milton family posted an update on Wednesday regarding Grant’s conditon, saying, “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.”