Sunday 25 February 2018

WATCH: Houston's JJ Watt carries Texas flag into opener and receives roaring applause following Hurricane Harvey

J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans enters the field with Texas flag against the Jacksonville Jaguars at NRG Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans enters the field with Texas flag against the Jacksonville Jaguars at NRG Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

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JJ Watt received a raucous reception from the Houston Texans crowd as he carried the flag of Texas into the Texans season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Hurricane Harvey decimated Texas a fortnight ago and left more than 300,000 people without electricity while an estimated 30,000 people were displaced. The Hurricane cost an estimated $80 billion worth of damage with that figure potentially rising to as much as $190 billion according to The Washington Post's Heather Long.

Houston city officials said that around 6,200 people were currently staying in shelters while the death toll has eclipsed 70 fatalities.

The response from those within and outside the Houston community has been immense, but there's arguably no one that has contributed more to the cause than Watt, who has raised over $30 million in donations.

According to the Houston Chronicle, a Change.org petition asking the state of Texas to rename Texas State Highway 99 in honor of Watt has gained traction with the petition gaining more than 89,000 signatures.

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