Jose Altuve and J.J. Watt Named S.I. Sportspersons of the Year

Style Magazine Newswire | 12/5/2017, 8:07 a.m.
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was named Sports Illustrated's co-Sportsperson of the Year along with Houston Astros second baseman ...
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Sarah Barshop

HOUSTON -- Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was named Sports Illustrated's co-Sportsperson of the Year along with Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve.

The award is given annually to an athlete or athletes who best personify athletic achievement and sportsmanship on and off the field.

"It's much more than just two people," Watt said. "It's a whole city. On my side, it's over 200,000 people who donated money to help rebuild the city. It's an award that's so much bigger than sports."

After Hurricane Harvey hit Houston in August, Watt started a fundraiser to help those affected by the devastating flooding in the area. In less than three weeks, Watt raised more than $37 million.