J.J. Watt Meets Quadriplegic Fan After Facebook Campaign


J.J. Watt social hero

NFL superstar J.J. Watt is a pretty classy guy.

Watt responded to a public message written to him on Facebook in January, inviting him to meet Itzy Cagen, a huge fan of the Texans defensive end.

Nurse Eran Melnik wrote the message, which described that Cagen is a quadriplegic after being injured in a hit-and-run accident as a toddler. Over the past couple years, he has become one of Watt’s biggest fans.

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Many were touched by the post, and it quickly went viral with the help of big names like Jenny Johnson (that comedian who hates Chris Brown) tweeting a link to the post to her hundreds of thousands of followers.

It finally reached Watt’s attention in May, when he wrote a simple “We will make this happen” as a response to the post.

And make it happen, he did. Watt and Cagen met Monday. Are you ready for your “awwww” moment of the day?

Watt meets Cagen

Along with the photo, Melnik wrote a follow-up after the meet: “Thank you so much JJ Watt for taking the time out of your busy schedule to make Itzy extremely happy!!”

Itzy Cagen’s brother also thanked Watt on Twitter:

Though this is certainly touching enough, this isn’t even the first time J.J. Watt has gone out of his way for a fan. Mere days ago, he made a house call to a sixth-grade cancer patient:

And in January, he “married” a six-year-old fan after her mom posted a video you YouTube explaining how heartbroken she was at being too young to marry him.

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He’s basically the Ryan Gosling of football.

What do you think of J.J. Watt’s latest gesture?

[Image via: Jeffrey Beall / Wikimedia Commons]


Dusten Carlson
Dusten has written for web and print and currently spends his time working on his upcoming graphic novel. He is also almost 30 and still has all of his hair.

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