Sports Illustrated Names J.J. Watt, José Altuve Sportsperson of the Year Honorees

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Just a few days after George Strait was named Texan of the Year for his Hurricane Harvey relief efforts (which filled our Facebook comments with an outcry for Houston Texans' J.J. Watt), the football star has been recognized for his contribution to the city of Houston. Both he and Astros' José Altuve were named honorees of Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year.

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.
Following the flooding and destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey in late August, Watt raised more than $37 million for recovery efforts.

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.



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