Having earlier this season donated a game check to four Houston Texans cafeteria employees who lost everything as a result of Hurricane Harvey, quarterback Deshaun Watson has made another contribution to help those in need get back on their feet.
According to Daniel Gotera of KHOU-TV, Watson and Ashley Furniture are combining to donate more than $1 million in furniture to 176 Houston-area families affected the hurricane and resulting flooding.
It was estimated last month by Texas governor Greg Abbott that Harvey caused anywhere from $150 to $180 billion in damage as a result of the storm itself and the flooding that ensued. According to estimates more than 50 inches of rain fell during Harvey’s duration.
Watson and teammate J.J. Watt are among those who have made charitable donations in the aftermath of Harvey, with Watt spearheading a fundraising campaign that raised more than $37 million dollars. Watt’s season came to an unfortunate end on Sunday, as he suffered a fractured leg in a loss to the Chiefs.
The rookie passer has quickly established himself as a key player within the Texans organization, replacing Tom Savage as the the team’s starting quarterback. In five games, the last four being starts, Watson has completed 62.1 percent of his pass attempts, throwing for 1,072 yards, 12 touchdowns and four interceptions. The rookie out of Clemson has also been a threat on the ground, rushing for 179 yards and two touchdowns with an average of just over 8 yards per carry.
While Watson’s efforts on the field certainly are important, he’s looked to make an impact off the field as well.