It’s Friday feel good day—and since we’ve spilled a lot of pixels bashing the NFL over its total bungling of #Kneelgate, I thought we could change things up a little bit by highlighting a player who recognizes that it isn’t all about him. Fox News has the details:
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has made a strong impression on the field early in his rookie season. But Watson may have made his best pass this week, when he donated his first game check to help three women who work in the team’s cafeteria.
The women lost all their possessions in the floods that devastated Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey last month.
The Texans captured the moment Watson handing over the game check, worth just over $27,000, to the women.
“Anything else y’all need, I’m always here to help,” Watson told the women.
The Texans posted video of Watson’s act of kindness in a tweet:
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) September 27, 2017
The quote pretty much says it all. And at a time when it’s very easy to be cynical, Watson reminds us that football can be so much more than a game. It can be a force for good, sweeter than any championship, more powerful than any tackle. And instead of using petty politics to divide us, Watson has shown how our common humanity can unite us.
Veterans of the league who took a knee last week could learn a thing or two from him.