Houston Texans' defensive end JJ Watt is one of the best players in the NFL. But once he decides to hang up his cleats for good, he'll be remembered for so much more.
Hurricane Harvey, which devastated the Houston area in August 2017, was the subject of multiple fundraisers and crowdfunding campaigns. But none were more successful than the one Watt led - by a long shot. His crowdfunding campaign raised an incredible $41.6 million for hurricane relief, an all time record for crowdfunding. Nice job JJ.
The financial impact aside, this effort did absolute wonders when it comes to encouraging people to help others. Whether you're a sports fan or not, chances are you've heard of Watt - and when you see someone as famous as Watt lead an effort of this magnitude, there's a good chance it influences a little inspiration. Athletes get bashed all the time for off-the-field mishaps, but when they do something like this, the positive power it has on our society cannot be overlooked.
Social media, which Watt leaned on greatly throughout this campaign, also gets bashed in the public eye - but without it there's no way the total gets that high. It's easy to dwell on the undesirable features of social media and how it might be damaging our society. But just keep in mind that when used in this way, it's incredibly powerful. So let's all start using it the right way!