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Houston Strong! J.J. Watt and Jose Altuve Named SI Sportspersons of the Year
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve have been named the 2017 Sports Illustrated Sportspersons of the Year.
The award is given annually to “the athlete or team whose performance that year most embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement.” This year marks just the 12th time since 1954 the award has been given to more than one person.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 5, 2017
Watt and Altuve were chosen for the ways they helped the city of Houston cope with the devastation inflicted by Hurricane Harvey.
Though Watt has not played a game for the Texans since breaking his leg in Week 5, in August he used his social media influence to raise an astounding $37 million in a span of just three weeks. In October he announced that $30.15 million would be distributed to four different charities to help rebuild homes, restore childcare centers, and provide food and medical care to those in need.
While Watt was raising money, Altuve was giving the people of Houston something to cheer about. The diminutive second baseman was named the 2017 American League MVP after slashing .346/.410/.547 for an MLB-best 8.1 wins above replacement. Then, this fall, he helped the Astros complete one of the most remarkable rebuilds in the history of pro sports by winning their first ever World Series Championship.
Watt and Altuve were officially announced SI Sportspersons of the Year on Monday night’s episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Congratulations to J.J. Watt, Jose Altuve, and the entire city of Houston.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]