Real Life Hero: Following Tragic Shooting, J.J. Watt Offers To Pay Funeral Costs For All Santa Fe High School Victims

Following the horrific shooting incident at a local Texas high school, NFL superstar and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is looking to help those affected.

Watt reportedly contacted administrators at Santa Fe High School, notifying the school that he wishes to personally pay for the funeral of the ten people who were killed. Ten others were treated with injuries.

Per Fox 26:

The gesture is only the latest in a series of philanthropic efforts by Watt, who along with Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, was named the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year in 2017 for his contributions in helping the city of Houston following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. He had established the Houston Flood Relief Fund on the YouCaring crowdfunding platform which would end up raising $37 million. Those funds were distributed among the Americares, Feeding America, SBP and Save the Children organizations.

Watt, a three-time Professional Football Writers of America Defensive Player of the Year, was also recognized on Super Bowl LII weekend with the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, which recognizes an NFL player for excellence on and off the field.

As ABC 13 reports, the Houston Texans confirmed Watt’s interest in covering the funeral costs:

The Houston Texans confirmed Friday night that star defensive end J.J. Watt will pay for the funerals of all the victims in the tragedy.

Nine students and a teacher were reportedly shot and killed in the halls of the high school.

Shortly after the shooting incident unfolded, Watt took to social media and simply said two words.

The Houston Texans team also reached out to those affected by the tragic incident over social media.

“On behalf of the Texans organization, we are saddened by the tragic events at Santa Fe High School this morning and extend our thoughts and heartfelt condolences to the victim, their families and all those affected,” the statement said. “We are grateful for the brave first responders, law enforcement officials and medical personnel. The Texans family will continue to pray for our neighbors.”

The 17-year-old student who conducted the shooting was arrested and charged with aggravated assault of an officer and capital murder.

Here’s what some people are saying about Watt’s gesture: