The unlikely duo teamed up to perform some great work in their shared city of Houston.
For the better part of a decade, Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt has been the biggest name in Houston sports. In his time as a pro athlete, he’s worn that mantle well, reaching out selflessly for many charitable efforts, most notably a Hurricane Harvey relief fundraiser that raised a staggering $37 million for Houston-area residents affected by the storm.
And as a notable presence among Houstonians, it’s no surprise that he rubbed elbows often with another prominent personality in the city, former first lady Barbara Bush, who died April 17, 2018, at age 92. However, their relationship was more than a passing familiarity. The unlikely duo teamed up in 2014 to “tackle illiteracy,” with Bush going so far as to outfit herself in shoulder pads and eye black for the occasion.
Tackling illiteracy with Mrs. Bush http://t.co/7ibqNUy00B— JJ Watt (@JJ Watt) 1398453435
To commemorate the mark she left on the city of Houston, as well as the world at large, Watt offered some very kind words about his time with Bush following news of her passing. In doing so, he also expressed gratitude for their years of friendship together.
Rest In Peace Mrs. Barbara Bush. You were a beautiful light in this world and I am forever thankful for your friend… https://t.co/af8WDiAjpW— JJ Watt (@JJ Watt) 1524009488
The pro football star’s foundation offered a formal recollection of her outlook and philanthropy, complete with a selection of photos of the two prominent Houstonians together.
Mrs. Bush was a positive example & inspiration to us all. She will forever be remembered for her sense of humor, he… https://t.co/mlr28saMTQ— JJ Watt Foundation (@JJ Watt Foundation) 1524012224