The editors of the sports magazine shared an article promoting the special issue that detailed their reasoning behind the distinction.
“The stories of these two athletes who care represent two very different paths, but they led to the same destination: #HoustonStrong," they wrote.
Humbled & Honored.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) December 5, 2017
Houston, this is for you and this is for the hundreds of thousands of people who donated from all over the world. pic.twitter.com/GuR6uB0Y6J
In October, Altuve helped the Houston baseball team win the World Series for the first time in franchise history. And after the last few months that Houston has had, the championship meant just as much as Watt's relief efforts for many residents.
Late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon revealed Watt as an honoree during The Tonight Show on Monday night. Watch the video below to hear Watt talk about the award, his fundraising efforts and joke about his cane.