New York- Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt set a goal of raising $200, 000 for hurricane relief. He ended up raising more than $37 million. For that, the former Wisconsin Badgers star earned the 2017 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year award. Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was named co-Sportsperson after leading the team to its first ever World Series title.
Watt's season came to an end after he suffered a leg injury in week five, but he knows the humanitarian work is far from over.
"We know that the work isn't done. I mean this is going to take a few years, it's going to take billions and billions of dollars," Watt said at the Hope Awards in New York. "But continue to be resilient, continue to be strong, continue to be Houston - because that's what you are. You're very resilient, you overcome adversity, you're a beautiful, wonderful city and we can't wait to see you back at full strength."