Transcript for JJ Watt on the 'unbelievable' response to his fundraiser for Texas storm victims
We want to talk to somebody right now doing so much for the people of Houston. Just incredible what he's doing right now. J.J. Watt star defender for the Houston Texans announced a fund-raiser on you caring.com and response has been enormous joining us from Skype from Frisco, Texas. J.J., thanks. This is really incredible. You started out with a goal of about $200,000 and now the donations pouring in are approaching 10 types that. Must be so gratifying. Well, it's unbelievable. I think the biggest part of it all is to be able to see the power of what can happen when people come together. I think that's the beauty of the people in this country is that when they see somebody going through a tough time they all rally around. And we're -- we justed passed $1.2 million and just started this on Sunday night. So it's pretty incredible and we're going to be able to do a lot of great things to help rebuild the city and trying to raise as much as we can because we know recovery efforts are going to be massive. This isn't a little thing. It's a big, big thing. J.J., it's incredible. You say you're already at $1.2 million. Last night you upped your goal to $1.5 million. It seems like you'll easily reach that. Are you going to continue to up the goal as all of these people who are watching you and listening to you want to help. Want to do more. Yeah, I think that's what we're going to continue to do. I want to setting it at incremental levels where we have a goal to achieve. I don't want to set a crazy number but increasing half a million here, half a million there and the beauty it's not necessarily big dough nailings coming in. $5 here, $10 there, people from all over the country giving what they can. Not necessarily big dough nations. It's really a crowd funding effort and I think that's so incredible to watch. I know that this tragedy has struck a personal note with you. I understand your girlfriend is stuck in Houston right now. How is she doing? She's doing well. Yeah, she's stuck in Houston. You know, it's been a few days now, a couple of my teammates have issues, whether it's their house, some of our tealmays back in Houston are in evacuation Zones and being evacuated. I talked to one guy here who he has a wife and newborn back home and they're out of diapers and running out of formula and things like that so it's a very, very difficult situation and we all just care so much about everybody back there and want them to stay safe. I know you have a preseason game against the cowboys, the Dallas cowboys on Thursday and you have the idea that there should be some kind of fund raider involved with that game. How is that going? Yeah, I mean I think if we are going to play this game, which I think is an if, it should be a massive fund-raiser. I think what's happening right now is so much bigger than football. I don't football should be the priority in any situation like this. So if we do end up playing a football game I think it should be a multimillion dollar fund-raiser and hopefully the NFL will spearhead that and make sure she's statistics get the help and recovery they need. And this devastation is spreading far and wide. Far beyond Houston as well. We see the storm heading now to Louisiana. You guys were playing in new Orleans over the weekend and, of course, this is now the 12th anniversary of hurricane Katrina. We all remember how hard new Orleans was hit and now Houston seeing that same kind of devastation. Yeah, and I think that we were just in New Orleans. We just came from New Orleans last week and I think one of the sentiments we heard from people there how Houston was so open and welcoming to the victims of hurricane Katrina and now it's Houston's turn and so I think that's what's so cool to see about people giving from all over the country. People from New Orleans coming in to help out is that everybody is rallying around and that's what it's all about and that's what it's going to take. I it won't be a one week thing. It will be a long-term relief effort and it's really cool to see how many are stepping up. Are you surprised by the overwhelming response and how quickly it's poured in? I'm surprised by how quickly it's pouring in, but I guess I shouldn't be because there's so much good in people out there and there's so much positivity out there in the world and people wants to help. You know, it's very difficult times around our country. But I think that types like this really show you and give you that positive light and really help you believe in the better good of people and it's really cool to see. J.J., thank you for tapping into that. It's really something right now. Thanks very much. At home if you'd like to donate
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