Packers donate to JJ Watt’s Houston flood relief fund

The Green Bay Packers have announced that they will be donating to J.J. Watt’s Houston flood relief fund.

The team will be donating $100,000 to the organization to aid the city of Houston after the effects of Hurricane Harvey.

Other professional sports teams and athletes have donated to Watt’s relief fund. Some notable organizations that have donated are the Houston Rockets, Houston Astros, Atlanta Falcons, the NBA and its players association, and MLB and its players association.

A few of the notable athletes and celebrities that have donated are Chris Paul, Matt Carpenter, and Ellen DeGeneres.

Watt started with the goal of one million dollars, but in less than a week, his foundation has raised over 10 million and counting for the Houston flood relief.

JJ Watt raises over one million and counting for hurricane relief

Former Badgers and current Houston Texans Defensive end has taken to social media to encourage people to donate what they can to the Hurricane Harvey relief effort in Houston.

Watt has made several posts on twitter revolving around the campaign. His original goal was to raise one million dollars, but has already surpassed that in one day. He then set a new goal of 1.5  million, which was already raised by this morning. His newest goal is currently two million.

Watt donated $100,000 of his own money, and newly acquired Houston Rocket Chris Paul helped by donating $50,000. Since Watt and Paul have donated, other athletes and sports figures have also donated to the cause.

Watt is just trying to do what he can to help the Hurricane Harvey victims and the city of Houston, and is hoping for others to donate what they can as well.

Aaron Rodgers among the betting favorites to win the MVP

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers already has two Most Valuable Player awards, and he’s among the favorites to earn a third in 2017.

According to Bovada LV Sportsbook, the 33-year-old has the second-best odds behind New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to take home the award. Rodgers is 7/1, while Brady sits at 4/1. There are five more players behind them before someone that doesn’t play quarterback – Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott – makes an appearance at 20/1.

There are two defensive players named, including former Wisconsin star and current Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who is listed at 66/1.

Few players were as hot as Rodgers was to end 2016. He was the driving force behind a six-game winning streak to earn a playoff spot for a eighth straight year and led Green Bay to the NFC title game for a third time since 2010. For the season, Rodgers finished with an NFL-high 40 touchdowns and his passer rating of 104.2 was fourth-best in the league.

Rodgers earned his first MVP award in 2011 and picked up his second in 2014. Only Johnny Unitas, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning have won the MVP three or more times in league history.

T.J. Watt will be in no hurry to decide whether to return for his senior year or declare for the NFL draft

The Cotton Bowl on Monday could mark the end of an era for Wisconsin football.

Every year since 2008 there has been at least one player on the team with the last name of Watt. But in the wake of a breakout junior campaign, the youngest Watt, T.J., could opt to forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL draft.

“I’m solely focused on this game, a hundred percent,” Watt said when asked about his plans for 2017. “Everything that comes after this game will come after this game. I’m not worried about the future at all right now.”

If Watt does decide to leave and gets drafted, he’d be following in his two older brother’s footsteps.

J.J. was a standout defensive end after transferring in from Central Michigan prior to the 2008 season. He started for two years, and then passed up his senior year in favor of the draft, a smart move as he went No. 11 overall to the Houston Texans. In his five full years of playing, Watt has earned NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors three times.

The middle brother, Derek, was a four-year starter at fullback for the Badgers, and was drafted in the fifth round last April by the San Diego Chargers.

Now comes T.J., who in his first year starting at outside linebacker earned first-team All-Big Ten recognition by leading Wisconsin with 10.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss. It was an effort that has ESPN’s draft guru, Mel Kiper Jr., listing him among the top-10 draft-eligible outside linebackers, while earlier in the season Sports Illustrated cited two scouts saying he’d receive a second-round grade at a minimum if he came out this year.

“I’m excited about the opportunity of being able to sit down and taking a serious consideration of my options,” Watt said. “At the same time…I don’t think you can look into the NFL and everything else when you’ve got such a big opponent in Western Michigan in a big-time game like this. All my chips are in one basket.”

A year ago, fellow outside linebacker Vince Biegel announced right after the Badgers’ Holiday Bowl win over USC that he would be returning for his senior season. Don’t expect something similar from Watt.

“I don’t think you can put a timetable on something like that, something so serious,” Watt said. “It’ll be a big moment for me whether I come back or whether I go. Definitely going to take some time.”

Players have until Jan. 18 to declare for the draft.

J.J. Watt injury could be season-ending

HOUSTON — A source familiar with the condition of former Badger and current Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt says the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year could be out until December or longer after re-injuring his back last Thursday night against the New England Patriots.

The news was first reported by Ian Rapoport, but the source spoke on condition of anonymity because the Texans haven’t officially announced the injury.

Watt had surgery in July to repair a herniated disc which caused him to miss all of training camp and all four games of the preseason. It’s unclear at this time if surgery is required, but the 27-year-old has yet to miss an NFL game in his six-year career. Watt was held out of practice on Monday, but head coach Bill O’Brien said it was simply for rest purposes.

It’s not the first major injury of Watt’s career, having torn abdominal muscles last season in the playoffs, one that had him contemplating retirement. He’s out to a slow start in 2016, with just 1.0 tackle and 1 ½ sacks.