Star defender of the Houston Texans, JJ Watt, has come to the aid of many people trapped in Hurricane Harvey. He has helped raise a combined total of $12 million to assist those who are affected by the devastating hurricane/tropical storm (currently over $6 million on his particular fundraiser). He set up a fundraiser at YouCaring.com, for people to send money to the victims of this awful storm that has already taken 21 lives.
Watt sent out a video, informing his audience where those funds will be sent. “We’re filling up semi-trucks — semi-truck drivers have donated their times, their trucks… and then we’re using your money to purchase water, generators, food, clothing, cleaning supplies — things like that,” he explained. “We’re gonna set up shop in a few areas around Houston. My teammates are gonna help me distribute those materials so that we can get this directly to the people.”
What a great guy! Life has rewarded him with millions, and meanwhile, he’s still giving back so much to the area he represents whenever he plays professional football. Let’s see how much money this dude has in the bank…
JJ Watt Net Worth as of 2018: $108 Million
Depending on the source, JJ’s net worth can be in the incredibly high millions or low millions. But you need to take into account his astonishing contract with the Houston Texans. In 2014, Watt signed a six-year contract extension worth $100 million. The guy took home $30.9 million right off the bat at signing. He received $21 million at the start of the 2016 NFL season. This cat is rolling in the litter! Let’s take a look at Watt’s road to riches…
2007 – 2012
JJ started his collegiate football career at Central Michigan University, where he played 14 games, compiled 77 receiving yard and 8 receptions. He then signed on with the University of Madison-Wisconsin, where he performed as a defensive end. While playing with Wisconsin, Watt really stood out as a star athlete, earning himself the Ronnie Lott Trophy in 2010. Watt was also voted AP and Sports Illustrated second-team All- American. He was considered the team’s MVP and it was only a matter of time before he broke ground in the NFL.
In 2011, JJ was signed with the Houston Texans, which included a four-year, $11.24 million contract. This was a solid investment, as that year, the Texans went to the playoffs for the first time in history. And a year later, Watt had one of the best seasons in NFL history when it comes to playing the defensive end. In 2012, Watt was able to pull off 69 solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles, 20.5 sacks, 16 passes defended, four forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.
This guy can kick some ass!
2012 – 2014
For the 2012-2013 NFL season, Watt received a slew of prestigious titles, including Texans Team Most Valuable Player, PFW First-Team All-Pro, Pro Football Weekly/PFWA Most Valuable Player, NFL 101 AFC Defensive Player of the Year, AP First-Team All-Pro, and the AP Defensive Player of the Year.
Damn, JJ, no wonder you’re caking it!
In 2013, the Texans had a losing streak, but Watt still kicked ass on the gridiron. That year, he earned himself a spot in the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl and was the Pro Bowl Captain. In 2014, Watt received his mouth-watering six-year contract extension worth $100 million
2014 – Present
Watt became the first player in Texans history to score a touchdown from scrimmage on September 14, 2014, game against the Oakland Raiders. Watt kicked so much ass that he was positioned on the top spot in the NFL Top 100 Players of 2015.
This Texans powerhouse suffered a groin injury and a fractured left hand in 2015. Despite his injuries, he still played all 16 games that year, making 76 tackles, an NFL-leading 17.5 sacks, 8 passes defended, 3 forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. That guy’s a football superhero!
JJ was also named as one of the top athletes in the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016. That year, he took home the number three spot.
On July 21, 2016, Watt received back surgery to correct/mend a herniated disc. Yet, he still made it to Week 1 and helped his team to victory against the Chicago Bears. On September 26, he was placed on the injured reserve list. He only played three games that year but was still ranked 35th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.
JJ Watt also showed a tremendous amount of compassion and goodwill when he set up a fundraiser for victims of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. So far, he has raised over $6 million dollars for those affected by the storm.