Giving Thanks: J.J. Watt

By CalvinChu
Nov. 26, 2014

As Thanksgiving is fast approaching and the rest of the holidays are just around the corner, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight some of our favorite athletes that truly make an impact on the community and give thanks for being fortunate enough to be a professional athlete. 

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Houston Texans Defensive Lineman (and TD catcher?) J.J. Watt is a fan favorite. He's a classy guy, isn't concerned about the paycheck he receives, and does just what the team needs him to do at any given time. 

Previously on Sunday, Watt played catch with some servicemen attending the game, and even shook each of their hands.

Today, Tweetizens have been posting images of Watt's impact on his community, as he bought pizza for local firemen and police officers in the Houston area. Along with a handwritten note to them, Watt sends a message to all of us to be thankful for those that serve us at home and abroad, regardless of political beliefs. Watt's winning even when Papa John's can't seem to find a good team to sponsor them (from Washington [team name censored] to the "turrible" Philadelphia 76ers).
Watt is definitely a player that is giving thanks this Thanksgiving week. 

(postscript, check out Blog of Sports as he competes to advance to the final four of the Bracket Challenge. 
You can check out his analysis of the Challenge here).