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.
I’ve had a lot of big dreams in my life, but not even I dreamt that I could one day become a Doctor. I am truly humbled and honored to receive the degree of Doctor of Humanities in Medicine from the Baylor College of Medicine! #CanTheyPutMDonMyJersey pic.twitter.com/7TyNKrvhh7
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) May 30, 2018
The reasoning behind Watt receiving such an honor is as follows (via Click2Houston.com):
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.
This is it! Today I become a doctor! It also marks the beginning of a great new adventure for all 2018 graduates of @mcgillu Faculty of Medicine. #LDTMD #graduation #passion #nfl #chiefs pic.twitter.com/j4oD1BCuXJ
— Laurent D. Tardif (@LaurentDTardif) May 29, 2018
Perhaps that’s what inspired Watt’s humorous take on such a prestigious honor.