JJ Watt, Jose Altuve Named 2017 SI Sportsperson of the Year Recipients

JJ Watt, Jose Altuve Named 2017 SI Sportsperson of the Year Recipients

Just hours after the announcement that he had won the Sports Illustrated "Sportsperson of the Year" award, Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and expressed his admiration for his friend and fellow award victor. The Sixers' big man even makes Watt, the Texans' 6-foot-5, 295-pound defensive end, look like a normal-sized human being. The award, given annually, recognized Watt and Altuve for their spectacular work in helping aid the city of Houston's recovery after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

"All I did was give people a way to help", Watt said.

The pair will accept the honor at SI's Sportsperson of the Year Award Show on Tuesday at Barclays Center in NY. "There's so many good people", Watt said of the donations.

In August, the storm devastated Houston and left much of the southeast Texas area flooded. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year-the best defensive player of his generation, really-could have had the best season of his career, or the worst. He read a letter Altuve wrote him shortly after the Astros won their first World Series title.

The 27-year-old Altuve - a native of Venezuela - was quickly embraced by Houston fans after he came up in 2011 thanks to his high-energy plays and the forceful bat he provides from his 5-foot-6 frame. He was recognized for giving back and inspiring a community when it needed it most.

It was a touching night for Altuve, Watt and the city of Houston. and it also made for a pretty cool picture. "If I'm going to get an award, I feel like over 200,000 other people should, too".

That's why Watt is happy he gets to share the Sportsperson of the Year Award not only with Altuve, but with those who contributed to the recovery process as well. "It's so much bigger than just Jose".

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