Inspired by a message on Twitter, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt recently paid a visit to nine-year-old Peter Berry in a local hospital.
Berry, according to the Jewish Herald-Voice, was paralyzed in a July 2 car accident that killed his parents and injured his two younger siblings. A fan reached out to Watt and other Texans and Rockets players on Twitter with a link to the story, and Watt replied immediately saying that he wanted to visit Peter and his brother Aaron in the hospital.
Watt brought autographed Texans gear for Peter and Aaron, who both play youth football. The Texans’ first-round draft pick from Wisconsin asked Peter for recommendations on what to do in Houston, shared his mutual admiration for Justin Bieber and invited Peter to a Texans game this season. Watt went so far as to put his cell phone number and e-mail address in Peter’s Apple iPad, telling him to text or e-mail him anytime.
“I read the story and was absolutely touched – for the kids to lose their parents like that, but then still have the courage to be strong in spirit and fight for their recovery, it’s inspiring,” Watt said to the Jewish Herald-Voice. “To be able to come up here and see the kids and be able to put smiles on their faces in such a touch situation, it’s really meaningful. I figured it’s just something I can do to help these kids out.”
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