On Saturday, Houston Texans defensive superstar J.J. Watt won the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award for his work in raising a stunning $37 million in Hurricane Harvey relief in just 19 days. At the Super Bowl Sunday, Watt was recognized for his achievements, but quickly turned the moment into a chance to honor the "true GOATS": Medal of Honor recipients. The stadium exploded.
When it was Watt's time in the spotlight on Sunday, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year took to Twitter to post a tribute to the heroes that were truly the "greatest of all time":
The stadium erupted.
The response on social media was equally as strong. Below are some examples of the flood of responses to Watt's powerful tribute:
In his acceptance speech Saturday, Watt gave a humble and powerful tribute to those real-life heroes, like the first responders in Houston, who regularly put it all on the line for others.
"This award is about the inherent good that lies within humanity," said Watt. "It is about the city of Houston and its ability to overcome adversity at a time when it all seemed lost. It is about the hundreds of thousands of people from all over the country and all over the world that donated to a city they may never have been to, to people they may never meet. But they donated simply because they saw their fellow human going through a difficult time and they wanted to help out."
"I'm incredibly grateful, I'm incredibly thankful to receive this award and I will cherish it for the rest of my life," he said. "The only thing that I ask of you is to join me in trying to carry on the legacy that Walter Payton left behind of leaving this world better than we found it."