When a Wisconsin gas explosion took the life of firefighter Capt. Cory Barr this week, J.J. Watt received a request.
Donations were needed for Barr's wife and two children, who lost Barr as well as their family business, the Barr House restaurant and bar, destroyed in the massive Sun Prairie explosion. Jenna Blaser reached out via Twitter to Watt, who grew up in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, and asked if he could help the Barr family.
The Texans star defensive end responded with a $10,000 donation.
Watt's father, John served as a firefighter for nearly 30 years in Wisconsin. The three-time AP Defensive Player of the Year has been recognized for his community service as much as his play on the field. After raising $37 million for his Hurricane Harvey relief fund, Watt won the NFL's 2018 Walter Payton Man of the Year award and was named to TIME Magazine's TIME 100, a list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
J.J. Watt--from his time as a Texan back to his Wisconsin Badger days--is featured here in photos.