Here is where the cynics - much like myself - have to become painfully aware of spiteful our feet taste. That's not to say that J.J. Watt's actions in front of a camera aren't at least half as contrived as they appear. It's not to say that donning the proverbial cape as football's 'Captain America' whenever people are watching isn't at least partly a calculated way of enhancing how he's perceived by fans. I still think the 'Mr. Perfect' jig is drastically overdone and largely cringeworthy.
However, when it's that potentially manipulated reputation that allows him to raise FIVE MILLION DOLLARS IN LESS THAN THREE DAYS for a desperate city with which his connection was originally just professional then all the forced photo-ops and overtly public acts of philanthropy become totally worth it. I'm sure people wouldn't hesitate to donate money to a good cause led by a professional athlete regardless. But when said professional athlete comes across as the NFL-equivalent of 'Superman' whose only kryptonite is a natural disaster that's destroying the region that he's wholeheartedly embraced then it undoubtedly encourages more charitable endeavors.
So yeah, maybe it's time for us eternal pessimists to lay off the dude who goes above and beyond - albeit often in a nauseating way - to paint himself as a nice guy whose genuinely only interested in the good of others. It's certainly not difficult to find peers of his that have done worse. J.J. Watt probably isn't as flawless as he'd like you to believe, but if the belief that he is was responsible for raising even one more dollar for those whose lives are currently in shambles then it's impossible to argue that he should change his ways.
Simply put, I can't help but tip my cap and do my part to hit that next milestone. Contribute below...