Texans' JJ Watt, Astros' Jose Altuve share SI award — Sportsperson of Year

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Just hours after the announcement that he had won the Sports Illustrated "Sportsperson of the Year" award, Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and expressed his admiration for his friend and fellow award victor. "I also feel like the Astros did much more in the sporting realm to help this city".

"It was so hard to see your city going through such a tough time, and to see the streets that you go down every day flooded", Watt told the Daily News at the Barclays Center before receiving the award Tuesday.

"Throughout this decision-making process, what mattered to me most was ensuring that the entirety of the funds would be utilized here in Houston and the surrounding areas for those who were affected most by Hurricane Harvey", Watt said in his press statement.

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When Watt, 28, first asked people to donate to his hurricane relief fundraiser shortly after Harvey, the superstar defensive end set a goal of $200,000. "But what other event can bring a million-plus people together and provide a platform, however ephemeral, to cast aside the differences that drive so many of us to sports in the first place?" "They saw their fellow human in need and they all stepped up from all over the country, from all over the world". "So when they were having a hard time, I wanted to give something back to them". The three-time Defensive Player of the Year-the best defensive player of his generation, really-could have had the best season of his career, or the worst.

"While I understand the total recovery from Hurricane Harvey could require upwards of $200 billion, and this $37 million will not be able to help every single person as I so badly wish it could, I have made it my mission to ensure this money makes as large of an impact as possible", Watt said.

Altuve and the Astros won the 2017 World Series in November when they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games. Championships don't save communities, and we should be careful to assign too much weight to their powers of healing. "It's an award for all of Houston".

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