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NFL Rookie Donates His First Check To Hurricane Harvey Victims

There's nothing more exciting than getting your first paycheck, and that's particularly true if you're an NFL rookie getting your first five-digit paycheck. Many players run out and splurge with their first big payoff, throwing a lavish party for friends to celebrate, or buying an expensive new car. One NFL rookie decided that other people needed the money more than he did, however, so he donated it to hurricane victims in Texas.

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson just cashed in his first NFL paycheck for $27,353. Watson struck a deal for $13 million, with an $8.2 million signing bonus in the spring. But when the money finally started rolling in, Watson wanted to give back right away.

Watson wanted to help three 'cafeteria ladies' who worked for the NRG Stadium. The ladies served breakfast, lunch and dinner to the Texans, but they had recently been going through a hard time. Hurricane Harvey took a big toll on their lives; two of the women had lost everything they owned with their homes being in some of the worst flood areas.

“I’m excited to do a surprise for the cafeteria ladies. They’ve been helpful for all of us,” said Watson to the camera as he walked into the cafeteria. “It’s going to be cool.”

Watson went in and walked up to the three ladies with envelopes that had red ribbons on them. “For what y’all do for us every day, and never complain, I really appreciate y’all,” he told them. “I wanted to give my first game check to y’all to help y’all out in some type of way.”

″So hopefully that will help you get back on your feet, and anything else y’all need, I’m always here to help,” Watson added.

The teary ladies thanked the player and gave him hugs for his generosity.

The 22-year-old quarterback is from Georgia, but he's found a home with the Texans after being picked in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He's actually been on the other side of generosity, as he's been the recipient of an extraordinary gift.

In 2006, when Watson was just 11 years old, his family was in desperate need. They received the gift of a home from Atlanta Falcons running back Warrick Dunn. The donation was made through Dunn's charity, Homes for the Holidays, which worked in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. It’s not surprising to see how that kindness has influenced Watson, both in his career choice and in his compassion and generosity towards others.

Other Texans players have done their part to give back to the community in the wake of the devastating storm. J.J. Watt raised $37 million in hurricane relief funds. He also jumped in to get his hands dirty by going to help distribute supplies to victims.

Texans owner, Bob McNair, has pledged a $1 million donation to the United Way in order to benefit flood victims.

Not to be outdone, the Dallas Cowboys matched the donation.

Source: HuffPost
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