As Watt signs with Cardinals, Houston loses community leader


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The Houston Texans veteran JJ Watt signed a two year deal with the Cardinals on Monday. He was released after ten years with the team, and took almost no time in signing a new deal.

In Arizona he will reunite with wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, as well as defensive coordinator Vance Jones, who was with the Texans during Watt’s first three seasons.

This deal not only strips the Texans of their three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year but also leaves a hole in the heart of many Texans fans that will miss Watt.

Watt had become the face of the Texans franchise and also a major part of the community within just a few short years.

The football star raised over $41 million for Hurricane Harvey relief, purchased and wrapped gifts for over 100 women and children at the Mission of Yahweh shelter, met with dozens of Make-a-Wish children in hopes to raise their spirits, among many other actions that helped the community and made Houstonians fond of him.

This news also comes just a few months after fellow Houston sports icon James Harden left Houston in a major trade deal in which he was sent to the Brooklyn Nets. Harden also aimed to help the community; he too raised money for Hurricane Harvey victims and recently partnered with restaurants to give out meals to those affected by the snowstorm.

The culture of Houston revolves heavily around its sports teams, especially football. Watt’s leaving has saddened many fans, but ultimately most Texans fans are grateful for what he’s done in his time here and are rooting for him as he opens the next chapter of his life in Arizona.