Titans owner donates 1M to JJ Watt fundraiser

Tennessee Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk, center, talks with people on the field before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
AP Photo/Mark Zaleski

The fundraising efforts of Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt as the city of Houston and other parts of southeast Texas deal with Hurricane Harvey have taken off in a big way. After originally setting a goal of $1 million, Watt was able to set new goals of $1.5 and $2 million as many people answered his call.

Among those to step forward on Tuesday was Tennessee Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk, who pledged $1 million to Watt’s YouCaring drive.

“The flooding and devastation to the Houston area has been painful to watch,” Strunk said in a release. “As a native to the area, I have been so encouraged to see how the locals and the nation as a whole have come together to help one another. The NFL, at the end of the day, is a family that helps one another in times of need. JJ has created a dynamic where boots will be on the ground with immediate aid to those who need it.

“The Titans want to be a part of his effort to help the Houston community as it rebuilds. I talked with him earlier today and he was very appreciative. We discussed his plans and I know he is determined to help as many people as he can.”

The $1 million donation is the second that the Titans organization has made to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. On the other hand, $25,000 was donated to the Red Cross by way of the Titans Foundation over the weekend.

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