JJ Watt ended up raising over $37 million for his Hurricane Harvey relief fund online. As it turns out, that number got a bump from a couple of his rivals in the AFC.
According to The Houston Chronicle, Watt told reporters on Wednesday that Bill Belichick and Tom Brady were among the over 209,000 people who donated to his fundraising efforts.
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"That's an incredibly kind gesture and shows what kind of people they are and speaks volumes about their character," Watt said. "They're good people."
Watt will square off against Brady and Belichick when the Texans visit Gillette Stadium on Sunday. Belichick said on Wednesday that his team will have to focus on Watt, who was injured and unavailable during last season's Divisional Round matchup between the two clubs.
"The quickness that J.J. has with the power that he has is a pretty rare combination," Belichick said. "On top of that, he’s got great length and he’s got a great motor. You're not talking about a 6-foot-1 guy. You’re not talking about a guy that takes plays off. You’ve got to deal with his length, his power, his quickness on every single play. That in itself is difficult. He just wears guys down with effort and toughness.
"Then when you take the skill that he has and combine it all together, that puts him at a very – I mean you're talking about the best defensive player in the league for more than one year. He's got a lot going for him and he’s facing it every week. It’s not like he’s sneaking up on anybody. You know when you’re playing him that he’s going to get some extra attention. Every team knows where he is and every team is trying to make sure he doesn’t ruin the game, yet he’s still very, very disruptive. He’s a great player."
Tom Brady helped the Patriots bounce back from a Week 1 loss at the hands of the Chiefs by completing 76 percent of his passes and throwing for three touchdowns in the first quarter -- the first time he'd ever accomplished such a feat. He ended up with a 139 quarterback rating, and on Wednesday he was handed the AFC's Offensive Player of the Week award.
It's the 28th time Brady's received the award, breaking his tie with Peyton Manning for the most in NFL history. Brady went 30-for-39 passes for 447 yards and recorded his 52nd game with three or more touchdowns and no interceptions, which broke another tie with Manning.
Not a bad day for Brady whose book "The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance" has already reached the top of the best-sellers list on Amazon.com.
Still needs his coach to pick up a copy, though.