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J.J. Watt on Sunday’s opener in Houston: ‘It’s going to be special’

J.J. Watt cannot wait for the Houston Texans to open their 2017 season on Sunday at NRG Stadium against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

While Watt’s remarkable fundraising efforts over the past few weeks merit the most praise, Watt is hoping the team’s on-field exploits will provide a brief respite for the greater Houston community still reeling in the aftermath of historic flooding.

“It’s going to be special,” Watt said Wednesday, via Pro Football Talk. “This is so much bigger than a game, but for three hours on Sunday we want to take people’s minds off of everything that just happened. We want to give them an escape from everything that just happened. I know for a fact that our guys are going to give every single thing that we have to make sure we put a smile on this city’s face.”

Watt on Wednesday accepted a check in the amount of $5 million from the Texas-based H-E-B grocery chain, bringing the total amount raised through his fundraising to over an astonishing $27 million.

Watt’s commitment to assisting in the initial stages of relief efforts cannot be understated. But for a few brief hours, perhaps the Texans can give their fans in the region something to cheer about before recommitting to the Herculean task that remains in front of them, one that will require years of hard work and billions of dollars.