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J.J. Watt jokes about being a doctor after receiving honorary degree (pic)

J.J. Watt took to Twitter Tuesday evening to proudly announce he has received an honorary Doctor of Humanities in Medicine degree from the Baylor College of Medicine. The Houston Texans superstar also sneaked in a joke in the tweet about how he’s now a real doctor.

The reasoning behind Watt receiving such an honor is as follows (via

The college gives its Doctor of Humanities in Medicine degree to people who have “provided exceptional support or service, either directly or indirectly, to Baylor College of Medicine or to academic medicine as a whole and to the community at large,” the school said.

Watt has generated positive headlines well beyond the gridiron in the past year, highlight by his remarkable humanitarian efforts to provide aid for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Watt’s originally stated goal was a modest $150,000 but he kept raising the bar each and every time a fundraising milestone was reached. All told, Watt ultimately raised an incredible $37 million.

Watt’s inspirational contributions to the relief efforts in the Houston area garnered him the Walter Payton NFL Man of Year and Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in 2017.

And now, an honorary medical degree from Baylor. Let’s call it a well-earned honor … even if the Watt really is not a real doctor, despite him joking about it.

Interestingly, one of Watt’s fellow NFL players actually made some news this week regarding real academic honors. Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardi took to Twitter to celebrate earning an actual medical degree.

Perhaps that’s what inspired Watt’s humorous take on such a prestigious honor.